This guide demonstrates WorkSafe Victoria’s expectations on how to eliminate or reduce the risk of injury in the metal fabrication industry. Risk controls in this document have been implemented by industry in Victoria. The guide does not replace requirements for risk assessment and controls, with the risk of an injury varying depending on the circumstances at each workplace. To ensure a reduction in injuries, employers should review risks and develop and implement a plan for controls in consultation with Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and employees.
Table of Content: Introduction, The legal framework, Consultation, Information instruction and training, ‘Reasonably practicable’ control measures, How to use this guide. Manual Handling, Manual handling and musculoskeletal disorders, Unloading raw materials, Transport of materials on the shop floor (heavy), Transport of materials on the shop floor (light), Manufacturing at workstations, Die handling, Packing stillages, Loading and handling finished product. Hand tool usage: Angle grinding, Welding. Guarding: Power presses, brake presses, guillotines, environment: Plant Layout, workplace traffic management, noise, housekeeping, lighting, temperature workplace, protective clothing and equipment. Other guidance material, acknowledgments.
The practices in the red boxes should not be used in workplaces; an employer who allows these practices to be used is likely to be
in breach of OHS legislation. The solutions in the amber column are less effective in reducing risk compared to those in the green
column, and would be regularly reviewed with the aim to move towards higher order solutions (green). The solutions in the green column are the most effective at reducing risk and should be regarded as the target for all workplaces.
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