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Manual Handling Video 3 Risk Assessments

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so what exactly is a risk assessment

well to put simply it's the careful

examination of what in your work who

caused harm to people so that you can

carefully decide whether you have taken

enough precautions or should do more to

prevent harm employers are legally

required to assess any risks in their

workplace and it's an essential task so

that measures can be put in place to

control any risks the main steps of a

risk assessment are step 1 identifying

the hazard so conducting a workplace

observation listening to feedback from

employees checking the manufacturer's

instructions or data sheets and

reviewing accident and ill health record

when identifying a habit you have to

decide who might be harmed and how

evaluate the risk and decide on what

precautions to take record your findings

and implement the precaution review your

assessment and update if and when

necessary so what is allowed well the

load is the object person or animal

being handled whether it's being lifted

lowered pushed pulled or count the

features of the load which should be

taken into account are the forces

required to handle it it sounds how easy

it is to grasp its disability and any

external features that may create a

hazard there's no single safe weight for

lifting pushing or pulling as it depends

on several other features of the

operation however legal regulations

require information on weight

distribution to be marked on load larger

loads present a greater risks and

smaller loads when objects are contained

within a carton or packaging case it may

not be apparent which part is the

heaviest and so the risk of injury is

increased another factor is if the

environment includes space constraints

the conditions of the floor and other

surfaces extremes of temperature and

humidity

lighting invisibility chemicals noise

and level of housekeeping if the space

available limits the posture the handler

can adopt then the risk of injury will

be increased this also applies to the

amount of headroom the clarity of the

walkways and the risk of trapping or

tripping step two is to decide who might

be harmed and how this step involves

looking at each specific hazard and then

identifying the people who might be

harmed by them these people may be

specific groups of employees customers

visitors members of the public some

employees have particular requirement

which may need special considerations

such as young workers expectant mothers

people with disabilities people who are

not at work all the time part-timers and

subcontractors the next set is to

evaluate the risk and decide whether the

hazard can be eliminated if not how can

you control the ring so that harm is

unlikely options include trying a less

risky alternative preventing access to

the hazard reorganizing work to reduce

exposure issuing personal protective

equipment involving and training staff

to ensure the precautions will work in

practice and don't introduce a new

hazard on top of this when thinking of

doing your risk assessment include

looking at the layout of the workplace

and ensure that the work station Heights

line up with the trolleys and conveyors

or look to see where the processes can

be linked by using a production line

pallets could be raised from the floor

using lists or adjustable tables try to

see if you could redesign a load

packaging using smaller containers or

limiting the quantities of the products

in the container to make loads

the moon also think about ensuring that

lifting distances twisting and turning

and minimize for example by changing the

layout the load characteristics or

ensuring any obstacles are removed

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haha its then recommended that your risk

assessment findings are written down

confirming that the proper check was

made that you've considered who might be

affected you've dealt with all of the

obvious significant hazards taking into

account the number of people who could

be involved the precautions are

reasonable and the remaining length is

low staff all their representatives have

been involved the final step is then to

review and update sometimes things

change within a workplace so try to

always check up on a regular thing

whether there has been any changes that

may affect your risk assessment for

example are there any improvement still

to be made to have been employee

feedback have you learned anything from

accidents and near misses do you have

any new employees that require training

and there's any equipment or machinery

being introduced evaluate the risks and

decide on precaution then record your

findings and implement them but to

review your assessment and update is

necessary