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.

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