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Follow-up Checklist

Use this checklist as a tool to help you in your efforts to identify hazards in your facility and keep track of follow-up measures. It can be used in two ways:
1. You can print out the entire checklist for all the tasks in this area of your plant to take with you as you evaluate this department. To use this option, select "Blank Checklist" below. A new window will appear with the full checklist for all the tasks in this area of your plant; you can then print the full checklist using your browser's print procedure.

2. You can go through the checklist and make selections and comments before printing. To do this, first check the box next to each hazardous situation you have identified. Then for each suggested solution, indicate whether the solution is currently in use, something you want to consider, or not applicable. Include comments about the solutions or applicable follow-up procedures. Note that you may wish to identify other solutions that would prevent or control the hazardous situation in your plant. At the end of each task, there is also a field for identifying other hazards related to the task or comments about the task.

Select "Print Completed Checklist", which will create a new window with a version of the checklist that can be printed using your browser's print procedure. The checklist printed with this option will include only the hazardous situations for which you have made entries. YOUR ENTRIES WILL NOT BE SAVED ON YOUR COMPUTER.
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Line Loader

  Bending at the waist to reach into tubs
Automate the movement from the evisceration line to the cone line using conveyors or augers.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use a tilter dumper to elevate and tilt so the contents are continually moved forward toward the employee and are maintained at about waist height at all times.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use a tub dumper at the workstation to empty contents on the conveyor.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Forceful gripping
Automate the movement from the evisceration line to the cone line using conveyors or augers.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use a tilter dumper to elevate and tilt so the contents are continually moved forward toward the employee and are maintained at about waist height at all times.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use a tub dumper at the workstation to empty contents on the conveyor.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Tail Cutter

  Ergonomic hazards from use of scissors
Provide pneumatic scissors for cutting off tail; these scissors can be activated by employees with little finger force and with the wrist in a neutral posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide spring activated scissors for cutting off tail; these scissors open automatically after each cutting motion.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate to tasks that do not require using scissors.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Standing for a long time
Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can lift one foot, allowing them to continually shift their posture.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Saw Operator

  Reaching to access product, saws, or machine load areas
If the feed conveyor is between the saw and the employee, reduce the width of feed conveyors to reduce reaching to the machine.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of supply conveyor so the product is presented closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position saws and other work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Cuts and lacerations
Wear cut-proof mesh gloves on both hands.
in use; consider; not applicable
Keep hands to the side of the blade during feeding of the product.
in use; consider; not applicable
Guard all portions of the blade except for an opening large enough to feed the product.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Standing for a long time
Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other Hazards
Rehang

  Reaching up, forward or to the side to access the shackle
Minimize forward reaches by moving the shackle conveyor towards employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Minimize vertical distance between the shackles and the belt conveyor to minimize bending and elevated reaches.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate employees up and down hanging line.
in use; consider; not applicable
Install height-adjustable stands so employees can properly position themselves.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Standing for a long time
Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.
in use; consider; not applicable


 Other hazards

Cone Line Feeder

  Reaching
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of supply conveyor so the product is presented closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position conveyors and other work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide height-adjustable stands, where appropriate, to place employee in proper orientation to the work surface.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Standing for a long time
Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.
in use; consider; not applicable

Other hazards

Wing Cutter

  Ergonomic hazards from use of knives
Keep knives sharp and in good condition.
in use; consider; not applicable
Remove damaged knives from service.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use knives appropriate for the task.
in use; consider; not applicable
Keep wrist as straight as possible during the cutting task.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide properly sized gloves.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Cuts and lacerations
Allow sufficient room for each employee on the line.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use mesh glove on non-cutting hand.
in use; consider; not applicable
Maintain sharp blades.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Reaching
Position cones and other work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed in front of the employee with the elbows in close to the torso.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide height-adjustable stands so employees are in proper orientation to their work area.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Standing for a long time
Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.
in use; consider; not applicable

Other hazards

Leg/Thigh Cutter

  Ergonomic hazards from use of knives
Keep knives sharp and in good condition.
in use; consider; not applicable
Remove damaged knives from service.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use knives appropriate for the task.
in use; consider; not applicable
Keep the wrist as straight as possible during the cutting task.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide properly sized gloves.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Cuts and lacerations
Allow sufficient room for each employee on the line.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use mesh glove on non-cutting hand.
in use; consider; not applicable
Maintain sharp blades.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Reaching
Position cones and other work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed in front of the employee with the elbows in close to the torso.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide height-adjustable stands so employees are in proper orientation to their work area.
in use; consider; not applicable

Other hazards

Back/Breast Separator

  Reaching to access product, saws, or machine load areas
If the feed conveyor is between the saw and the employee, reduce the width of feed conveyors to reduce reaching to machine.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of supply conveyor so the product is presented closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position saws and other work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Cuts and lacerations
Wear cut-proof mesh gloves on both hands.
in use; consider; not applicable
Keep hands to the side of blade during feeding of product.
in use; consider; not applicable
Guard all portions of the blade except for an opening large enough to feed product.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Standing for a long time
Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Trimmer/Clean-up

  Ergonomic hazards from use of scissors
Provide pneumatic scissors; these scissors can be activated by employees with little finger force and with the wrist in a neutral posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide spring activated scissors; these scissors open automatically after each cutting motion.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate workers to those tasks that do not require scissor use.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Standing for a long time
Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Reaching
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of supply conveyor so the product is presented closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position conveyors and other work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.
in use; consider; not applicable
Tilt work surface so product slides to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Support Task: Knife Person

  Slips, trips, and falls
Cover drains with non-slip grating.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide workers with non-slip footwear and require its use.
in use; consider; not applicable
Paint floors with slip-resistant paint or install non-slip floor tile.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide guardrails at workstations adjacent to dangerous equipment to prevent injury.
in use; consider; not applicable
Carry knives in sheaths or closed containers.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Machine guarding for grinders
Use safety goggles or other protective eyewear.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use only grinding wheels with rpm rating matching the spindle speed of the grinder.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use ring test procedure to check for non-visible damage to the grinding wheel.
in use; consider; not applicable
Follow manufacturer's recommendations for guarding and use of the grinding wheel.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Skin Puller

  Standing for a long time
Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can lift one foot, allowing them to continually shift their posture.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Forceful hand exertions
Provide appropriate hand tools. in use; consider; not applicable
Use a clamp jig to hold chicken parts while pulling skin.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use gloves with rough surfaces to hold chicken parts.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate workers to non-hand intensive tasks.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Line Loader

  Bending at the waist to lift tubs of product
Place tubs on shelves that are waist height so employees do not need to bend when lifting.
in use; consider; not applicable
Place product in larger transport tubs, then use a tilter dumper to elevate and tilt so the contents are continually moved forward toward the employee and are maintained at about waist height at all times.
in use; consider; not applicable
Place product in larger transport tubs, then use a tub dumper at the workstation to empty contents on the conveyor.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use conveyor or auger to mechanically transport product from one station to the other.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Deboner

  Ergonomic hazards from use of knives
Keep knives sharp and in good condition.
in use; consider; not applicable
Remove damaged knives from service.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use knives appropriate for the task.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide properly sized gloves.
in use; consider; not applicable
Tilt surfaces toward employees to reduce wrist deviation.
in use; consider; not applicable
Divide the task into specific units and provide an appropriate cutting tool so the task can be performed with a neutral wrist and body posture.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Cuts and lacerations
Allow sufficient room for each employee on the line. in use; consider; not applicable
Use mesh glove on non-cutting hand.
in use; consider; not applicable
Maintain sharp blades.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Reaching
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of cutting surfaces so product can be presented closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position cones and other work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide height-adjustable stands, where appropriate, to place employee in proper orientation to the work surface.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Standing for a long time
Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Tender Puller

  Reaching
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of work surfaces so product is presented closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position conveyors and other work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide height-adjustable stands, where appropriate, to place employee in proper orientation to the work surface.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Standing for a long time
Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.
in use; consider; not applicable

Other hazards

Trimmer

  Ergonomic hazards from using scissors
Provide pneumatic scissors; these scissors can be activated by employees with little finger force and with the wrist in a neutral posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide spring activated scissors; these scissors open automatically after each cutting motion.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate to those tasks that do not require scissor use.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Standing for a long time
Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate workers between tasks that do not require prolonged standing.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Reaching
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of work area so the product is presented closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position conveyors and other work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide height-adjustable stands, where appropriate, to place employee in proper orientation to the work surface.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Quality Control Inspector

  Reaching
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of conveyors so the product is presented closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position employees so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Standing for a long time
Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.
in use; consider; not applicable

Other hazards

Support Task: Knife Person

  Slips, trips, and falls
Cover drains with non-slip grating.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide workers with non-slip footwear and require its use.
in use; consider; not applicable
Paint floors with slip-resistant paint or install non-slip floor tile.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide guardrails at workstations adjacent to dangerous equipment to prevent injury.
in use; consider; not applicable
Carry knives in sheaths or closed containers.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Hazards from use of grinders
Use safety goggles or other protective eyewear.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use only grinding wheels with rpm rating matching the spindle speed of the grinder.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use ring test procedure to check for non-visible damage to grinding wheel.
in use; consider; not applicable
Follow manufacturer's recommendations for guarding and use of grinding wheel.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
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