How to complete a MAC assessment
Remember: The purpose of the assessment is to identify and then reduce the overall level of risk of the task.
- Spend some time observing the task to ensure that what you are seeing is representative of normal working procedures. Consult employees and safety representatives during the assessment process. Where several people do the same task, make sure you have some insight into the demands of the job from the perspective of all workers. It may help to video the task so you can view it again, away from the workplace, if necessary.
- Select the appropriate type of assessment (ie lifting, carrying or team handling). If a task involves lifting and carrying, consider both.
- Follow the appropriate assessment guide and flow chart to determine the level of risk for each risk factor.
- Enter the colour band and corresponding numerical score on the score sheet. The colour bands help determine which elements of the task require attention.
- Enter the remaining task information and use the scores to help identify which risk factors need to be examined and the total level of exposure to risk. The total scores do not relate to objective action levels.
- If the individual does a number of tasks, assess each one separately and prioritise action to address the highest scoring task.