11/05/2007

New guide on Manual Handling of Gypsum Products

In order to tackle health (WMDSs) and safety (falls and other accidents) on the
construction site for Gypsum products, the Gypsum industry thinks that we
should strive for a comprehensive approach based on risk assessment for each
task, which will determine the solutions. We need to lighten the load, not
necessarily by decreasing the product load, but by changing the behaviour of
workers via organisational (job scheduling, project planning, site management
that allows sufficient time for the work to be completed, etc.) and engineering
risk controls (mechanical aids).

The Gypsum Industry is committed to continuously improving the ergonomic
solutions and helping to implement them through a multistakeholders' dialogue.
The Gypsum Industry is experiencing increased productivity in its own plants
when putting into place policies to reduce accidents and falls. Therefore, we
believe that productivity on the construction site depends on the
implementation of a culture of zero injuries, falls or illness, which will be
of benefit to the workers in the first place, but also to the contractors and
manufacturers of construction products.

The brochure offers information on:

  • Mechanisation using cart dollies or cranes;

  • Power tools instead of hand tools whenever feasible and appropriate;

  • Ergonomically designed tools: tools are now designed to require less force.
    They reduce awkward postures and enable working from standing heights;

  • Handles can be added for carrying materials;

  • Work practice changes: learn from experienced workers;

  • Administrative changes which include job rotation, rest breaks and special
    instruction for handling heavy objects;

  • Personal protective equipment;

  • Training of the workers to develop ergonomically friendly behaviours.

More info (PDF: 12,64 MB)


AplusA-online.de - Source: Eurogypsum