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Assessing Load in TILE

1. Load Identification

Understanding the 'L' in TILE

When evaluating the load in manual handling, consider various factors to determine potential risks:

  • **Weight:** Assess if the load is heavy, which might pose a risk.
  • **Stability:** Examine if the load is unstable or prone to shifting during handling.
  • **Grip Difficulty:** Check if the load is challenging to grip securely.
  • **Bulkiness:** Determine if the load is bulky and unwieldy.
  • **Sharp Edges:** Be cautious of loads with sharp or protruding edges.
  • **Temperature:** Consider if the load is hot or cold, which could impact handling.
  • **Contents Movement:** Assess whether the load's contents are likely to shift, e.g., liquids.
  • **Obstructed Vision:** Examine if handling the load obstructs the handler's line of sight, increasing the risk of accidents.

2. Flexibility in Weight Limits

Adapting to Weight Limits

Understand that weight limits are not rigid figures but can vary based on different factors:

  • **Frequency:** Frequency of operations plays a key role in determining weight limits.
  • **Definitions:** Distinguish between frequent and infrequent operations.

3. Special Rules for Frequent Operations

Reducing Weight Limits for Frequent Handling

Recognize the special considerations when loads are handled frequently:

  • **Over 30 Operations per Hour:** Understand the criteria for frequent operations.
  • **Weight Reduction:** Learn about weight reduction percentages based on handling frequency.

4. Assessing Extended Movements

Special Assessment for Lengthy Load Movements

When loads are transported over a significant distance, additional assessments are required:

  • **Risk Reduction:** Take steps to mitigate risks during extended load movements.
  • **Load Modification:** Consider altering loads to enhance safety, e.g., making them lighter, more stable, and easier to handle.
  • **Load Repackaging:** Explore the possibility of repackaging or splitting loads into smaller units.
  • **Supplier Cooperation:** Collaboration with suppliers may be necessary in some cases.

5. Vision and Surface Hazards

Enhancing Vision and Minimizing Surface Hazards

Addressing vision obstructions and reducing surface hazards is crucial to minimise risks:

  • **Vision Obstruction:** Removing obstacles that obstruct the handler's line of vision.
  • **Employee Awareness:** Employees should be informed about the importance of reporting manual handling difficulties.