Safe work method statement - General issues - Hazardous manual tasks
Manual handling tasks are those activities requiring the use of force exerted by a person lift, lower, push, pull, hold or restrain an object, item or load.
Tasks associated with the housekeeping of a workplace include:
- Ensuring a safe and clear means of access and egress, free of obstructions;
- Manual handling associated with the handling and storage of materials and plant;
- Team handling where mechanical aids are not practical;
- Use of mechanical aids to move loads;
- Storage of materials, objects and items;
- Conduct a hazard identification of the task to be undertaken;
- Assess risk to persons undertaking manual handling tasks at a workplace.
Safety procedure includes
Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death or injury to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.
- Consultation with employees.
- Generation of hazards.
- Controls to implement when assessing a load to be lifted.
- Failure to maintain housekeeping of a workplace.
- Training in the control measures for the manual handling of a load.
- Workplace hazards not having controls to manage health and safety issues.
- Personal protective equipment requirements.
- Training requirements.
- Housekeeping requirements.
- Failure to monitor controls.
- Risk matrix and descriptors.
- Additional hazards, risks and controls.
- Approval and change management form.
- Sign-off for housekeeping.
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