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Follow-up Checklists Evisceration

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.

  1. Print out the checklist for all of the tasks in this area of your plant to take with you as you evaluate this area of your plant. To use this option, select "Print Blank Checklist" below and a new window/tab will appear with the checklist. Then, using your browser's print option, print the checklist.

  2. Use the online checklist below and make selections and comments before printing. To do this, first check the box next to each hazardous situation that 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" and a new window/tab will appear with the checklist filled out. Using your browser's print option, print the checklist. 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.

This checklist covers:


Rehang

Minimize forward reaches by moving shackle conveyor towards employee.

Minimize vertical distance between shackles and belt conveyor to minimize bending to reach down to supply conveyor and elevated reaches to reach up to shackle conveyor.

Rotate employees up and down hanging line.

Install height-adjustable stands so employees can properly position themselves.

Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.

Rotate to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.

Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.

Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.

Opener (Vent Opener)

Provide workers with pneumatic scissors.

Rotate employees to tasks that do not require scissor use.

Provide workers with spring activated scissors.

Lower shackles and/or move them closer to employees so they can perform task with elbows in close to the body.

Install height-adjustable stands so employees can properly position themselves.

Install automatic machines and make sure they are working properly.

Rotate workers to tasks that use different parts of the body or that work at a slower pace.

Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.

Rotate to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.

Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.

Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.

Neck Breaker

Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.

Rotate to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.

Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.

Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.

Lower shackles and/or move them closer to employees so they can perform task with elbows in close to body.

Install height-adjustable stands so employees can properly position themselves.

Install automatic machines and make sure they are working properly.

Rotate workers to tasks that use different parts of the body or that work at a slower pace.

Keep knives sharp and in good condition.

Remove damaged knives from service.

Use knives appropriate for the task.

Keep the wrist as straight as possible during the cutting task.

Provide properly sized gloves.

Oil Sack Cutter

Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.

Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.

Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.

Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.

Lower shackles and/or move them closer to employees so they can perform task with elbows in close to body.

Install height-adjustable stands so employees can properly position themselves.

Install automatic machines and make sure they are working properly.

Rotate workers to tasks that use different parts of the body or that work at a slower pace.

Keep knives sharp and in good condition.

Remove damaged knives from service.

Use knives appropriate for the task.

Keep the wrist as straight as possible during the cutting task.

Provide properly sized gloves.

Arranger

Install height-adjustable stands so employees can adjust their work height to keep wrist as straight as possible.

Rotate workers to tasks that perform motions that use different body parts or that work at a different pace.

Tilt bird to minimize wrist deviation.

Lower shackles and/or move them closer to employees so they can perform task with elbows in close to body.

Install height-adjustable stands so employees can properly position themselves.

Install automatic machines and make sure they are working properly.

Rotate workers to tasks that use different parts of the body or that work at a slower pace.

Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.

Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.

Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.

Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.

Giblet Harvester

Lower shackles and/or move them closer to employees so they can perform task with elbows in close to body.

Install height-adjustable stands so employees can properly position themselves.

Install automatic machines and make sure they are working properly.

Rotate workers to tasks that use different parts of the body or that work at a slower pace.

Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.

Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.

Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.

Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.

Gizzard Harvester

Use diverter bars to push product closer to employee.

Reduce width of table so product is presented closer to employee.

Position work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.

Tilt work surface so product slides to employee.

Keep knives sharp and in good condition.

Remove damaged knives from service.

Use knives appropriate for the task.

Provide properly sized gloves.

Provide workers with pneumatic scissors.

Rotate tasks between those using different motions or tools.

Provide workers with spring activated scissors.

Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.

Rotate workers to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.

Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.

Provide foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.

Gizzard Table Operator

Use diverter bars to push product closer to employee.

Reduce width of table so product is presented closer to employee.

Position work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.

Tilt work surface so product slides to employee.

Keep knives sharp and in good condition.

Remove damaged knives from service.

Use knives appropriate for the task.

Provide properly sized gloves.

Provide workers with pneumatic scissors.

Rotate tasks between those using different motions or tools.

Provide workers with spring activated scissors.

Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.

Rotate employees to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.

Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.

Provide foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.

Gizzard Table-Peeler Operator

Prohibit employees from wearing long sleeves, gloves, or jewelry.

Provide cutoff switch in immediate vicinity of operator.

Use diverter bars to push product closer to employee.

Reduce width of table so product is presented closer to employee.

Position work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.

Tilt work surface so product slides to employee.

Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.

Rotate employees to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.

Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.

Provide foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.

Rotate employees to tasks that use different body parts or motions.

Align peeler to reposition employee to minimize wrist bending.

Maintain machine so it works at maximum efficiency.

Heart and Liver Cutter/Inspector

Use diverter bars to push product closer to employee.

Reduce width of table so product is presented closer to employee.

Position work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.

Tilt work surface so product slides to employee.

Keep knives sharp and in good condition.

Remove damaged knives from service.

Use knives appropriate for the task.

Provide properly sized gloves.

Provide workers with pneumatic scissors.

Rotate tasks between those using different motions or tools.

Provide workers with spring activated scissors.

Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.

Rotate employees to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.

Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.

Provide foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.

Bagger

Rotate to those jobs that use different motions and postures.

Use automatic bag sealers.

Reposition bagging fixtures and sealer heights vertically so the bag can be slid, rather than lifted,  between these areas.

Use diverter bars to push product closer to employee.

Reduce width of table so product is presented closer to employee.

Tilt work surface so product slides to employee.

Position bagging fixtures, bags, scales, and supplies of product so employees may maintain neutral postures. Bagging fixture should be low enough so employee's elbows can remain in at the side of the body.

Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.

Rotate employees to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.

Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.

Provide foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.

Lung Vacuumer

Install automatic machines.

Install height-adjustable stands.

Bend vacuum nozzle to maintain straight wrist and elbow close to body.

Redesign handle and actuator trigger so vacuuming can be performed with straight wrist and elbow close to body.

Reposition bird.

Rotate workers to tasks that use different parts of the body.

Lower shackles so employees can perform task with elbows in close to the body.

Install height-adjustable stands so employees can position themselves to minimize awkward postures.

Install automatic machines and insure they are working properly.

Rotate workers to tasks that use different parts of the body or use different motions.

Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.

Rotate employees to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.

Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.

Provide foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.

Backup Eviscerator/Inspector

Lower shackles so employees can perform task with elbows in close to the body.

Install height-adjustable stands so employees can position themselves to minimize awkward postures.

Install automatic machines and insure they are working properly.

Rotate workers to tasks that use different parts of the body or use different motions.

Install height-adjustable stands so employees can be raised up so wrist bending is minimized.

Tilt birds for better access.

Install automatic machines.

Rotate workers to tasks that use different parts of the body or use different motions.

Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.

Rotate employees to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.

Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.

Provide foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.

Rework Floor Person

Automate the movement of product to rework areas so reaching into tubs is not necessary.

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.

Use a tub dumper at the workstation to empty contents on the conveyor.

Install height-adjustable stands so employees can properly position themselves.

Install automatic machines and insure they are working properly.

Rotate workers to tasks that use different parts of the body or that work at a slower pace.

Keep knives sharp and in good condition.

Remove damaged knives from service.

Use knives appropriate for the task.

Provide properly sized gloves.

Provide workers with pneumatic scissors.

Rotate tasks between those using different motions or tools.

Provide workers with spring activated scissors.

Use diverter bars to push product closer to employee.

Reduce width of table so product is presented closer to employee.

Position work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.

Tilt work surface so product slides to employee.

Ice Attendant

Cover drains with non-slip grating.

Provide workers with non-slip footwear and require their use.

Paint floors with slip-resistant paint or install non-slip floor tile.

Provide guardrails at workstations adjacent to dangerous equipment to prevent injury.

Provide tugs or mechanical assists where heavy loads must be moved using tubs.

Maintain tubs in proper working condition to minimize the amount of pushing force which must be exerted.

Use conveyors or augers to mechanically move ice.

Keep floors clean and free of obstructions.

Develop a mechanical means, such as conveyors or augers, to move ice around the plant.

Provide tub dumpers to mechanically unload tubs of ice.

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