Palamatic Handler (Use of) Safe System of Work


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  1. Every Palamatic handling operator is responsible for ensuring that the equipment is only operated in a safe condition and in a safe manner and that he/she has been duly authorised and trained in the safe operation of the machine.
  2. It is the duty of each operator to immediately report any changes occurring on the handler which may affect its operation.
  3. The cleanliness and tidiness of the work area must be ensured through appropriate instructions, routine inspections and cleaning.
  4. Work on or alteration of this equipment, which detrimentally affects the safety of the air suction system, is strictly prohibited.
  5. All guards must be kept in place and in working condition.
  6. Parts or components of this equipment, which form part of the safety protection, must not be removed, dismantled, altered, disabled or relocated.
  7. All safety devices must be checked at regular intervals for perfect operation.
  8. The operator must have thorough knowledge of the controls and their function before attempting any operation.
  9. Compressed air is extremely forceful – if dead ended against the skin, this can lead to air entering the body, resulting in soft tissue damage or an embolism (air bubble in the bloodstream). Compressed air can also rupture internal organs if introduced to a body cavity, such as a nostril or ear.

It is important for all employers to have a health and safety policy in place and for those companies who employ more than 5 employees, it is a legal requirement. Make sure that you have the correct health and safety documents in the workplace and that they are not out of date.

The Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is the legislation dealing with health & safety in the workplace and is usually governed by local authorities who make the necessary checks and visits to companies to ensure that the rules and regulations of the act are complied with.

A health & safety policy should be written by someone in your place of work, preferably by someone who has taken a course in health and safety and is aware of the responsibilities. The templates you can download will help you to create a policy which is clear and easily understood by the work force.

A health & safety document usually comprises of three elements which are:

  • A statement outlining how safety procedures will be managed in the workplace.
  • How safety is to managed and who is responsible for safety procedures
  • How health & safety activities are managed.
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