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Green World Group | 28th Oct 2017

Safety Procedures Linked to Manual Material Handling at Work Places


Safety Procedures Linked to Manual Material Handling at Work Places


     

Many workplaces do make workers physically handle heavy objects or lift loads of material even though technology has given us several gadgets to handle heavy materials safely under industrial environments. 

Even though companies use lifting machines such as cranes to carry heavy loads, there are accidents due to mishandling, inappropriate positioning or faulty equipment. Though it looks simple exercise to move heavy materials manually from one place to another, workers should be experienced, healthy and protected well to perform the daily rigmarole without affecting their health. 

Several health issues can be associated with manual material handling by workers which include fatigue, back injury, sprain or twisting, bruises and fracture.


Sometimes mishandling of loads can lead to fatal accidents when workers go under the falling loads or due to improperly staked loads in warehouses, which can be prevented if proper safety procedures are followed.


Safety aspects

Since Manual Material Handling (MMH) can’t be avoided in small and medium enterprises, workers should take adequate care in protecting them from the health implication due to handling heavy loads. There are safety gadgets such as heavy industrial gloves, boots, safety glasses, helmets and attires which are specifically made to protect workers when they move heavy materials either on their own or through shifting equipment.

There are certain procedures workers need to follow while loading or unloading heavy boxes. Experienced labourers can guide new ones in lifting techniques which can prevent injuries. Moving the legs apart and bending the knees while lifting heavy items is the universal practice which can prevent workers straining their back. Similarly stacking the heavy loads properly and evenly can prevent accidents such as falling of materials on workers which can sometime be fatal. 

Precautions during MMH

When handling heavy goods physically, every load should have proper grip, handle or holder which can be used to lift the items and carry them to the designated places safely. Workplace managers and employers should ensure that their workers wear proper protective gears and use lifting method to prevent unwarranted injury which can lead to absenteeism and extension of work schedule.

Workers should keep the following criteria in mind while handling heavy loads:-

When a load is heavy, say more than the government stipulated 50 kg, workers should not attempt to lift it alone.

When the loads lack the mandatory grips and not properly packed.

When workers are not authorized or experienced to handle a load safely.

Workers should demand protective equipment or safety wear while manually handling heavy loads. Some of the most frequently used items are heavy industrial gloves, safety eyewear, sturdy shoes or boots, helmet, etc.


As injuries due to mishandling of loads can have long-term ramification on workers’ professional life and also affect the work at site, appropriate safety procedures should be followed for safe manual material handling process.


Green World Group | 26th Jul 2017

Take Master Diploma to become safety officer in Oil and Gas industry

Safety and health of workers associated with Oil and Gas and allied industries has been prioritized for many years. However, workplace hygiene controls aren't often given adequate importance to analyze the real risks faced by workers in the Oil and Gas and its associated Offshore and Rig environments.

The risks and health hazards faced by workers in hostile conditions in offshore rigs and oil and gas exploration sites are enormous that companies need to take adequate safety measures to safeguard workers from falling prey to worksite accidents and disasters. It is also for the benefit of government agencies and private companies to follow designated safety measures to avoid unscheduled and frequent shutdowns and subsequent revenue losses.

Offshore occupational risks and dangers can be avoided by empowering workforce with awareness and technical skills to remain safe while handling heavy engineering machinery and tools and also chemical and other hazardous substances while working in offshore environments.

Only a well trained and experienced safety manager who has expertise in handling occupational risks and health issues associated with oil and gas industry can able to devise a suitable mechanism to safeguard men and machinery from workplace risks and hazards.

Companies which are involved in offshore exploration projects invariably engage workplace safety officers and executives who impose suitable measures for workers to follow all necessary safety standards and guidelines as per the legislation.

Healthy and safety officers involved in oil and gas and offshore sites and rigs are specialized in undertaking safety measures which can take care of safety concerns of people concerned. These safety officers have academic qualification specially designed to address all issues of safety in oil and gas industry – in both offshore and onshore environments.

Master Diploma in Offshore, Rig, Oil and Gas Safety Engineering offered by Green World Group is specially designed for those interested to excel as safety officers in vocational sites in offshore and terrestrial work environments.

The Master Diploma for safety officers is ideal for both students and working professionals associated with oil and gas exploration sites – onshore and offshore. The qualification is highly rated by companies which consider the diploma as a prerequisite academic testament when it hires HSE professionals as fire safety officers, HSE managers or health and safety executives to man their offshore oil sites.

The training program makes delegates aware of various dangers, risks and safety conditions and also knowledge on legislation regarding workplace safety for oil & gas and offshore work environments. Safety experts from Green World Group has formulated this short term masters training program to facilitate employers seek professional guidance to equip existing workforce acquire knowledge and skills on workplace safety.

Green World Group | 25th Jul 2017

Follow safety rules to remain safe while working at height

With high-rise buildings and towers dotting the city skylines of major industrial and developing nations, construction, maintenance and technical personnel ‘working at height’ face a lot of dangers and risks. Every year scores of workers, predominantly belong to construction industry, fall off from the dangerous peaks while carrying out maintenance or construction activities.

In most of the cases, accidents at construction sites are caused due to accidental fall owing to faulty or inadequate safety measures taken by the construction companies or contractors and lack of knowledge and training for employees to remain safe while working at peaks.

Employees and managers working at dangerous heights should be protected from the natural and man-made disasters and health hazards. As construction industry contributes majorly to pollute the environment, construction workers and engineers are largely affected due to highly dangerous pollutants such as fly ash, dust, chemicals and other construction wastes.

It is the prerogative of the workers to get the best safety cover in terms of quality camouflage, protective gear, well maintained machinery and strong scaffolding around the construction sites.

Workers should also be adequately covered by suitable accidental or life insurance plan to protect their families in case of any unfortunate event. Awareness is the key in remaining safe and healthy while working at height. It is the responsibility of the employers to educate their workers working in high-rises and communication towers about the importance of following safety measures and using appropriate protective equipment when they climb dangerous peaks for construction, repair or maintenance activities.

Workers at peaks should also get immediate medical assistance during emergency situations which can save lives. High rise buildings where workers are involved in building and other maintenance and repair works should be provided with basic knowledge on first aids so that they can protect themselves and also their colleagues in case of emergency. Construction companies and building owners also should keep emergency evacuation and rescue team ready to provide immediate medical attention for workers in peril.

Importantly, educating workers on safety standards and hiring workplace safety professional to safeguard workers should be the priority of people engaging skilled and un-skilled workers for various works at high-rise structures. Safety preparations and regulations should be in place well before the start of any construction and maintenance activity at peaks.

Employers should also take the help of HSE professionals and safety officers who have expertise in devising protective mechanism for workers to remain safe while working at height. Workers who have knowledge and working skills to protect employees should assess the workplace for possible and potential dangers and devise suitable protective standards and regulations to be followed strictly by all so as to make the working places absolutely safe, healthy and accident-free. Alternatively, employers should engage professional safety training institutions such as Green World Group to train their workers engaged in high-rise maintenance and construction works.

Green World Group has been helping the workers of various industries to acquire latest knowledge and skills on workplace safety by offering them several safety courses. GWG’s safety experts have devised in-house training and distance education programs for construction people working at height to enhance their knowledge and awareness on remaining healthy and safe.

webmaster | 21st Jul 2016

NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work

The new NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work qualification will introduce your workforce to environmental issues and the role they play in improving organisational environmental performance.

This is an ideal first step towards other NEBOSH qualifications such as, the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management for those who need a more extensive and practical understanding of environmental management in the workplace.

Webmaster | 25th Jun 2016

Studying How to Do a Risk Assessment with Green World Group

What is a hazard?

The term hazard can be defined as source of potential to cause harm or injury and, sometimes, the potential harm or injury itself. For example a person entering inside a silo which is filled with grains can be engulfed or asphyxiated. So in this case the engulfment or asphyxiation is the hazard. Another good example is smoking cigarettes can cause lung cancer.

Is it possible to reduce a Hazard?

It is often impossible to reduce a hazard such as hazard associated with petrol is its flammability. So if we try to remove this hazard the flammability then the resulting product certainly may not be useful. However in many occasions we can reduce or effectively remove a hazard associated with a particular work material or process.

So what is a Risk Assessment?

Risk Assessment is a careful examination of anything in your work environment that could cause injury or ill health. A sufficient and suitable risk assessment will help to protect you, your workforce and other, and finally your business.

What are the steps of doing a risk assessment?

There are 6 simple steps of doing a risk assessment
Step 1: List the work tasks that are your responsibility
Step 2: Identify the risks – what are the hazards, who might be harmed and how?
Step 3: Estimate the Risk
Step 4: Evaluate the Risk
Step 5: Record your finding
Step 6: Review your findings.

Below is a sample risk assessment which was can be practiced.

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