Chainsaw Safety

Written by Drew. Posted in Procedures.

A detailed 16 page work method statement on chainsaw safety and chainsaw safety procedures that includes an employee evaluation and sign off. Details included in chainsaw safety include risk management, chainsaw hazards and control measures, Chainsaw parts, Pre-start safety checklist, PPE, first aid precautions, chainsaw starting technique, chainsaw operating techniques, types of cuts, kickback, chainsaw refuelling precautions, chainsaw transport, chainsaw storage and a list of basic chainsaw safety rules.  A 2 page employee evaluation is also included in the work method statement.  Chainsaw Safety is a must have safety procedure.

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How to Use Chainsaws Safely
Chain saws are relatively common and appear to be simple to operate.  However, they are the most dangerous hand tool that can be purchased.  There are around 800 injuries from the use of chain saws in Australia and around 30,000 in the United States each year.
The most common injuries are deep gashes to the hands, feet, knees and head, and in logging operations injuries to the head, shoulders and upper arms are very common.  The average injury from a chain saw requires 110 stitches.
If you are to operate a chain saw it is essential that you develop a professional attitude and approach to all aspects of chainsaw use.  A professional attitude and approach involves:
1.    Carefully planning what you are going to do with the chainsaw.
2.    Conducting a risk assessment on the use of the chainsaw
3.    Concentrating on the task at all times.
4.    Conducting a safety check prior to the use of the chainsaw.
5.    Using sound low risk techniques.
6.    Taking care of your equipment.
7.    Wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
8.    Caring about the environment.

Risk Management
Using a chainsaw has a number of inherent risks that the operator must be aware of in order to minimise the possibility of accidents or injury.  It is critical that you conduct a risk assessment of the work you are about to do.  In this risk assessment you must identify the hazards in the work place related to the use of the chainsaw, and eliminating or reducing the risks associated with these hazards.....

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How to use Stairs Safely

Written by Drew. Posted in Procedures.

This 4 page detailed work method statement can be used to alert all employees of the risks of not using stairs safely. Complete with an employee evaluation and sign off. 

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 How to Use Stairs Safely
 Everyone, regardless of age, can be at serious risk of accidents when using stairs.  Injuries from accidents on stairs varies but statistics show that they could be as high as 20% of all injuries.

 Falling down from stairs and suffering severe injuries can be avoided by using the following rules:

  1. Try to Always use the handrails. They are installed to guide the person walking on the stairs to ensure additional safety.
  2. Pay careful attention to your steps. Staircase steps have variations in height so it is important that you know the distance between the two steps.
  3. Calculate the distance between each step so you know exactly how high you should raise or lower your legs to land on the next step safely….

With 19 tips on the safe use of stairs plus an employee evaluation & sign off, this is a must have safety work method statement, so BUY NOW.



22/02/2013 13:05

Lock Out Tag Out

Written by Drew. Posted in Procedures.

This 8 page work method statement is an excellent way to introduce your people to Lock Out Tag Out, LOTO. It includes the importance of LOTO, use of LOTO tags, group LOTO and lock boxes. Complete with an employee evaluation and sign off, this is a must have for your safety management system. 

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Lock Out Tag Out - LOTO
LOTO procedures are designed to protect equipment and people who may be endangered from the operation of machinery or equipment, or from steam, oil, electricity, compressed air, hot or corrosive liquids, etc.  Machinery and equipment that has been locked out must not be operated under any circumstances.

  1.  LOTO is normally used when repair, maintenance or adjustment to plant and equipment is being conducted or where a hazardous condition on plant or equipment has been identified.  Examples of the use of LOTO are:
    a.    Removal, modification and maintenance of equipment
    b.    Work on moving parts or breaking into pipes.
    c.    Cleaning near moving parts.
    d.    Confined space entry, hot work, roof access or excavation.
  2. Where possible, plant and equipment shall be isolated by physical lockout devices like padlocks, multi lock hasps, electrical switches, isolators etc, and combinations of these as shown in the photograph below right.

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22/02/2013 13:07

Safe Use of Angle Grinders

Written by Drew. Posted in Procedures.

A practical 6 page work method statement on safe use of angle grinders, including safety checks, PPE and how to use an angle grinder. Includes employee evaluation and sign off. 

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 Safe Use of Angle Grinders
Angle grinders are one of the biggest-selling power tools because they are so versatile. Just by changing the accessories or wheel, an angle grinder can perform a wide variety of tasks.

 However, angle grinders can also be one of the most dangerous tools for the untrained operator or the DIY handyman, because of the speed with which they spin. At 10,000 rpm they generate enormous torque and centrifugal force.

 In the work place it is recommended that only trained trades people use angle grinders and that there use be limited to 100 to 125 mm angle grinders…

 Selecting the Grinding Disc

  1. Check the information on the disc to see if it is used for cutting or grinding.
  2. Use soft grade wheels...... 

Other topics covered in this comprehensive work method statement include: Checking the Grinding disc, PPE, Checking the Angle Grinder, Using the Angle Grinder, Operator Evaluation and Sign Off.  BUY NOW to secure this practical work method statement to ensure that all operators can operate an Angle Grinder safely.


22/02/2013 13:06

Securing Trucks and Trailers

Written by Drew. Posted in Procedures.

This is a must have 5 page work method statement for any organisation where refrigerated vans, trucks or trailers are loaded or unloaded, by a forklift having to drive into the fridge van or onto the tray of the truck or trailer. The danger of a truck driving off with a moving forklift, with driver, on the tray, trailer or in the fridge van will be eliminated when this procedure is implemented. Complete procedure with employee evaluation and sign off. 

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 Securing Trucks and Trailers
 When loading or unloading trailers, including refrigerated vans where a forklift is driving onto the trailer or into the fridge van from a loading dock or ramp, for safety reasons, it is essential that the truck and trailer are secured during the loading or unloading.

 If the truck and trailer are not secured there is a risk that the truck could be driven off while the forklift is on the trailer or moving between the trailer and the loading dock or ramp.

 This work method statement has been designed to make all personnel involved in loading trailers and driving trucks how to eliminate the risk of serious injury while loading or unloading is taking place.

  1. To avoid accidents where trucks could be driven away while they are being loaded:
    1. The trailer must be chocked.
    2. The air line to the trailer disconnected.
    3. The air line to the trailer locked.
    4. The truck ignition key secured….

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22/02/2013 13:09