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Manual Handling – Hazardous Manual Tasks SWMS

Manual Handling – Hazardous Manual Tasks SWMS

Manual Handling – Hazardous Manual Tasks SWMS Video

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  • 11 Page procedure
  • Written by ex WHS inspectors
  • Referenced
  • Risk ratings before and after control measures
  • MS Word format NOT PDF
  • Task specific and site specific details easy to add
  • Includes easy to complete boxes for Company details and project details
  • Employee sign off section
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  • Review Date: 14 March 2014

Manual Handling - Lifting Information:

The Manual Handling-lifting Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive 11 page procedure.

Manual handling includes all physical activity. Manual handling tasks only present a risk when they are considered hazardous. Hazardous manual tasks can lead to injuries that are called “Musculoskeletal Injuries” or MSD’s.

This SWMS covers general aspects associated with hazardous manual handling tasks.

The SWMS covers the requirement to identify, assess and control manual handling risks in relation to lifting tasks across numerous industries including construction, manufacturing, hospitality etc. This does not provide specific risk controls in relation to people-handling in health care settings.

The Manual Handling-lifting Work Method Statement (WMS) is ready to use and is not a blank template. Simply add your company details, ABN, and include any site specific details or risks and make it specific to the task at hand. It is then ready for printing and to be incorporated as part of your overall OHS System.

The Manual Handling-lifting Work Method Statement can be used as part of your OHS inductions, for Tool box talks or tender applications.

The Manual Handling - Lifting Safe Work Method Statement includes:

  • PPE
  • Safety Notes
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Pre-operational Inspection
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • References

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Assess specific lifting task. Determine:

  • Suitable access for plant/equipment needed
  • Known hazards at location (eg: asbestos, lead, chemicals, unsafe electrical installations, uneven ground, high traffic or fall risks)
  • Types of objects to be handled/removed
  • Location of objects (eg: third story, no elevator etc)
  • Presence of:
    • Stairs, Slopes/ gradients
    • Pets or children
    • Other potential hazards
  • Loading/transport
    • Ensure vehicle is suitable for loads – trucks, moving vans etc.
    • Where cranes are used, ensure:
      • Dedicated SWMS developed
      • Suitable SWL
      • Licensed operators
      • Sufficient room
      • Traffic Management plan in place
      • Clear of overhead power lines, overhanging trees or other obstructions
      • Lifting equipment (slings, chains, hooks) are suitable SWL, good condition and suitable for type of load
    • Vehicles fitted with hydraulic tailgate Ramps have suitable SWL, attach securely to vehicle
  • Check for hazards associated with controls (traffic management, overhead power lines etc).
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