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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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Box Maker

 Congested work area
Redesign task station to provide adequate room for the worker and performance of the task.
in use; consider; not applicable
Whenever possible, replace manual operations with automated operations.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Hot glue burns, splashes
Wear protective gloves.
in use; consider; not applicable
Whenever possible, replace manual operations with automated operations.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide first aid for burns to prevent infection.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Poor access to emergency exits
Designate emergency exits and platforms/walkway with stairs to move to lower levels.
in use; consider; not applicable
Post emergency escape routes in all areas of the plant.
in use; consider; not applicable
Keep emergency exits clear.
in use; consider; not applicable
Educate employees on what to do in the case of an emergency.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Bending and reaching
Use a palletizer to maintain the position of box material so the employee can stand up-right and keep arms in close to the body during tasks.
in use; consider; not applicable
Whenever possible, replace manual operations with automated operations.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate tasks.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Box Packer

  Repetitive reaching and lifting
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of conveyor so the product is presented closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position packing fixtures and product 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
Develop both left- and right-hand stations so employees can rotate through different stations and provide periods of working rest for employees.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide adjustable work tables or stands so task can be performed without torso bending or reaching.
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
Scale Operator

  Lifting heavy loads
Whenever possible, replace manual operations with automated operations, for example, installing conveyors to transport boxes to scales.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce the amount of weight to be lifted. If containers must be lifted by employees, reduce the amount each container weighs.
in use; consider; not applicable
Establish a workplace ergonomic program that teaches employees to avoid using awkward postures such as twisting and bending while lifting.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide mechanical lifting devices if boxes must be lifted from the conveyor to a scale.
in use; consider; not applicable
Incorporate scales into the conveyor so boxes do not need to be lifted.
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
Box Sealer

  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

Stack Off


  Bending and twisting while lifting
Limit the weight of boxes and arrange the workstation so loads lifted are safe according to the NIOSH Guidelines.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce the size of the box or decrease the amount of weight to be lifted.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide lift assists, so boxes may be lifted from the conveyor with the assist and placed on the pallet.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide palletizers or scissor lifts for employees so they do not need to bend over to place boxes on pallets lying on floors.
in use; consider; not applicable
Develop a whole new workstation where elevated, as well as, low lifts have been eliminated.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate employees to tasks that do not require heavy lifting.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Slips, trips, and falls
Whenever possible, replace manual operations with automated operations.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a plan to keep water off walkways.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use non-slip floor surfaces.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide employees with non-slip shoes.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Box Liner

  Congested work area
Redesign task station to provide adequate room for worker and performance of task.
in use; consider; not applicable
Whenever possible, replace manual operations with automated operations.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Bending and reaching
Use palletizer to maintain position of box materials so employee can stand up-right and keep arms in close to body during tasks.
in use; consider; not applicable
Whenever possible, replace manual operations with automated operations.
in use; consider; not applicable
Rotate tasks.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide an adjustable work table or stand so task can be performed without torso bending or reaching.
in use; consider; not applicable

Other hazards

Unloader/ Box Filler

  Bending at the waist to put birds into packing boxes
Use a diverter to push birds off the conveyor directly into the box so employees do not need to manually lift product.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a height adjustable packing stand so boxes can be loaded without bending at the waist.
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 of slick product
Use a diverter to push birds off the conveyor directly into the box so employees do not need to manually lift product.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a height adjustable packing stand so boxes can be loaded without bending at the waist.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use a tub dumper at the workstation to empty contents on the conveyor.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Reaching to elevated work areas
Use a diverter to push birds off the conveyor directly into the box so employees do not need to manually lift product.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a height adjustable packing stand so boxes can be loaded without bending at the waist.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide a height adjustable work platform so employees can adjust their height in relation to the conveyor.
in use; consider; not applicable
 
  Other hazards
Giblet Packer

  Repetitive reaching and lifting
Position packing fixtures, bags, scales, and product 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
Develop both left- and right-hand stations so employees can rotate through different stations and experience periods of working rest.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide height-adjustable work tables, packing stands or work platforms so task can be performed without torso bending or reaching.
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

  Other hazards
Bagger

  Repetitive reaching
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of conveyor so the product is presented closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position packing fixtures and product 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
Develop both left- and right-hand stations so employees can rotate through different stations and experience periods of working rest.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide height-adjustable work platforms so task can be performed without torso bending or reaching.
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

  Highly repetitive activities
Rotate workers to tasks that do not use such rapid motions of the shoulder.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use two employees to complete bagging task and ease the strain on one employee. One employee opens the bag while the other pushes the bird into the bag.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use an automated bagging system. This type of system uses a powered ram to push the bird into the bag. Once the bird is bagged and removed from the system a stream of air automatically blows open a new bag and the cycle begins again. Employees place birds into the run and monitor for problems.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Bag Sealer

  Repetitive reaching
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of conveyor so product is presented closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position sealing machines 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
Develop both left- and right-hand stations so employees can rotate through different stations and experience periods of working rest.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Repetitive pinch grips
Rotate workers to tasks that are not so hand intensive.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use automatic bag sealers.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Tray Packer

  Repetitive reaching
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of conveyor so product is presented closer to employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position packing fixtures, trays, and product 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
Develop both left- and right-hand stations so employees can rotate through different stations and experience periods of working rest.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide adjustable work tables or stands so task can be performed without torso bending or reaching.
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
Bagger

  Repetitive reaching
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of conveyor so product is presented closer to employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position packing fixtures and product 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
Develop both left- and right-hand stations so employees can rotate through different stations and experience periods of working rest.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide adjustable work tables or stands so task can be performed without torso bending or reaching.
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

  Other hazards
Bag Sealer

  Repetitive reaching
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of conveyor so product is presented closer to employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Tilt work surface so product slides to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position bag sealing machines so employees may maintain neutral postures.
in use; consider; not applicable
Develop both left- and right-hand stations so employees can rotate through different stations and experience periods of working rest.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide adjustable work tables or stands so task can be performed without torso bending or reaching.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Repetitive pinch grips
Rotate employees to tasks that do not require the use of repetitive forceful pinch grips.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use automatic bag sealers.
in use; consider; not applicable
Arrange the workstation so bags can slide while being moved from conveyors to sealing machines. This will limit lifting of bag and reduce necessary finger force.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Quick Freeze Line Loader

  Repetitive reaching
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of conveyor so product is presented closer to employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position supplies and product so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.
in use; consider; not applicable
Develop both left- and right-hand stations so employees can rotate through different stations and experience periods of working rest.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide adjustable work tables or stands so task can be performed without torso bending or reaching.
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
Quick Freeze Bagger

  Repetitive reaching to elevated and distant location
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of conveyor so product is presented closer to employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position bagging fixtures and product 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
Develop both left- and right-hand stations so employees can rotate through different stations and experience periods of working rest.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide adjustable work tables or stands so task can be performed without torso bending or reaching.
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

  Repetitive pinch grips
Rotate employees to tasks that do not require using repetitive forceful pinch grips.
in use; consider; not applicable
Use automatic bag sealers.
in use; consider; not applicable
Arrange the workstation so bags can slide while being moved from conveyors to sealing machines. This will limit lifting bags and reduce necessary finger force.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Handling cold product
Provide employees with properly fitting gloves.
in use; consider; not applicable
Develop an automated bagging machine so employees do not touch the product.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
Tray Packer

  Repetitive reaching
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of conveyor so product is presented closer to employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position trays, conveyors, and product 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 employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Develop both left- and right-hand stations so employees can rotate through different stations and experience periods of working rest.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide adjustable work tables or stands so task can be performed without torso bending or reaching.
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
Bag Sealer

  Repetitive reaching
Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Reduce width of conveyor so product is presented closer to employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Position sealing machines and product 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 employee.
in use; consider; not applicable
Develop both left- and right-hand stations so employees can rotate through different stations and experience periods of working rest.
in use; consider; not applicable
Provide adjustable work tables or stands so task can be performed without torso bending or reaching.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Repetitive pinch grips
Rotate employees to tasks that do not require using repetitive forceful pinch grips.  
in use; consider; not applicable
Use automatic bag sealers.
in use; consider; not applicable
Arrange the workstation so bags can slide while being moved from conveyors to sealing machines. This will limit lifting of the bag and reduce necessary finger force.
in use; consider; not applicable

  Other hazards
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