Best Practices with Work Safe

Although it’s unfortunate, we’re aware that accidents can occur at work. Fortunately, there are steps that we can take to minimise the risks. In line with some Work Safe advice from Access Canberra, we’ve compiled some helpful checklists to ensure safety in your work space. For more comprehensive information, please visit the sites for Work Safety or head directly to the Access Canberra checklists page.

Work Safe Checklists:

Chemicals checklist

Electrical checklist

Emergency procedures checklist

Evaluation mobile hoists

Hazard identification checklist

Induction checklist

Machinery and equipment checklist

Manual handling checklist

Risk management checklist

Slips, trips, and falls checklist

Visitor induction

Work health and safety inspections checklist

Working alone with money with the public checklist

Workplace specific induction checklist

Workplace violence checklist


Best Practices with Work Safe: Manual Handling

Manual handling is the transporting and supporting of a load by hand or by bodily force and it’s a major factor in workplace injuries. Anyone involved in the moving and handling of goods could be at risk, which is why it’s important to address these issues and reduce the risk of injuries due to manual handling.

Poor ergonomics and workplace layout are a factor in many hazardous manual-handling tasks. There are risks in handling even light loads if a repetitive task is being carried out in poor conditions.

Before attempting to move or carry heavy loads, ensure that workers are trained in manual handling techniques and the use of mechanical aids. It’s also helpful to ensure that storage shelves are organised to minimise bending and stretching, tasks are rotated to avoid repetitive work, and that workers have adequate space to enable ease of movement.

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