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:
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.