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Risk Management Assignment: Ergonomic Hazards In Packing Line

Task: Risk Management Assignment Brief: You are the Safety and Risk Manager for a large distribution warehouse. The company has recently won two major contracts in succession, and with increased production, has been required to employ more staff and change the packaging of goods coming into the warehouse. Staff on the two new packing lines stand and work at fixed height benches and are cutting open boxes, removing and packing handheld products into new boxes. The boxes are then are placed onto the conveyor belt line and two employees take the boxes from the line and stack them onto two pallets on the ground at the end of the line. The job of pallet stacking is rotated among those working on the line. Once the pallets have been stacked to a height of around 1.5m a fork lift truck removes them and brings new pallets to be filled. Note: You are free to make further assumptions about the design of the packing line and process to allow discussion of hazards, risks and controls. If applicable, such assumptions should be made known to the reader. The assignment should consider the following two parts: Part A In preparation for the ergonomic assessment of the new packing line, detail what ergonomic assessments you would carry out, noting: The specific tasks you would focus on and why The suggested ergonomic improvements Note: you are not expected to undertake a full ergonomic assessment. Part B Later, you return from annual leave and you discover the Production and Facilities Managers have ordered, purchased and installed mechanical lifting aids for the end of each line. Both Managers are unhappy as production seems to have slowed down rather than increased, and the lifting aids are not always being used. They report to you that a member of staff “pressed the wrong button and dropped a number of boxes”. Fortunately, the boxes just missed a member of staff’s foot. You are asked to speak with staff to “fix the problem and get them to use the lifting aides properly”. During initial discussions, a number of staff say they feel the lifting aide takes longer than manual handling and also is too complicated to use. Outline: The ergonomic approach that would have improved the purchase, installation and ultimate use of the mechanical lifting aid Any potential breaches of health and safety law that could arise from the way the machinery has been brought into use This assignment should be written as a report to the Chief Executive of the company and you can make any reasonable assumptions about the company to help you complete the report in this style. The format is a report relating to the given scenario and should not simply be a ‘common sense’ discussion of the literature on the topic. It is expected that information from Module 6 along with sources out-with the course materials will be used to support your assignment. You should also support your proposals with evidence from a wide range of sources which might include legislation, guidance, and academic journals. The report must be written in relation to Ergonomic Factors in Work Activities


Subject Name: Economics

Level: Undergraduate


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