2. Avoid hazardous manual handling
You can avoid hazardous manual handling operations by:
- redesigning the task to avoid moving the load
- automating or mechanising the process
The best time to decide about mechanisation or automation is when you design plant or work systems. Design the layout of a process so there is very little movement of materials.
Consider introducing, for example, a conveyor, a chute, a pallet truck, an electric or hand-powered hoist, or a lift truck to reduce the risk of harm. Mechanical aids can also help reduce or eliminate risks from manual handling.