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Use this ergonomic safety checklist to identify risks in the workplace and decrease work-related injuries and illnesses. Start with describing the work and attaching some photos of the workplace. Then, you can evaluate physical ergonomic features, check if walking surfaces and workstations are set up properly and inspect the labels of all your equipment. Finish the inspection with a decision, if there are any risks in the workplace and further recommendation.
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Are all workers aware of lifting techniques, uses, and carrying devices?
Are workers preserved against eyestrain or brightness while they're working?
Are all employees informed of safe working postures?
Do all workers know about ergonomics policies and methods?
Do the employees use rotation or rest breaks decrease time in uncomfortable postures?
Does work scheduling decrease unnecessary overtime that leads to tiredness?
Do workers report ergonomic symptoms when there are any and know who to report them to?
Are there sufficient workers to do all the workloads?
Can the work be done without turning too much or overly bending the (lower) back?
Are workstations installed correctly?
Are neck and shoulders relaxed when performing tasks?
Are all employees directed to get help when lifting weighty materials?
Are all items of furniture or equipment adjusted, put in place, and designed to reduce strain on all bodyparts?
Are workers performing their job without experiencing any pressure points on any bodypart?
Surfaces for Walking and Working
Are walking surfaces flat/balanced?
Are surfaces (working as well as walking) neat and dry?
Are all working surfaces unobstructed?
Are there vehicles, dollies, or other assistants readily accessible for transferring loads?
Is the place clear enough to allow the usage of carts?
Are all loads marked with their size and weight?
Do (especially heavy) loads have handles to help carry them?
Are all supplies delivered as nearby as possible to where they will be used?
Are all materials deposited at waist height?
Tools and Equipment
Are all tools light weight and well balanced?
Is there any device that can be used to decrease kneeling?
Is there minimal vibration when using tools and equipment?
Do all tools have right handle design?
Are knee pads or cushions ready when operating at floor level?
Is it feasible to use adjustable stools to give workers a place to rest?
Are all tools sharp and in good condition?
Are there scaffolds, platforms, or other equipment available to reduce the need to work overhead?
Is there anti-exhaustion matting provided when a worker is ordered to stand all day?
Are the seats well-created, simple to modify, and comfortable?
Is the vibration at the minimum on the seats of any heavy equipment?
Do employees have to bend forward to see/perform their task when operating on heavy equipment?
Any further recommendations?
Name and signature of the inspector:
Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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