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November 2015

MATERIAL HANDLING & STORAGE

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Material Handling

Make the Workplace Safer

  • Clean up spills and make sure all paths of travel are clear.
  • Make sure all exits are free and clear of obstructions.
  • Use handcarts or other mechanical means when moving heavy objects.

Follow Safe Work Practices

  • Never lift any materials that you feel are too heavy or too large in size. Use team lifting or lift by mechanical means, such as a hand cart.
  • If you need to use a ladder, make sure you’re properly trained to use that ladder and that the ladder is safe to use.
  • Never stand on a chair or other device that is not approved as a ladder.
  • Never lift yourself up on a shelf to reach a higher shelf.
  • When lifting objects, keep your back straight and bend your legs using your thigh muscles.

     


    Storage

    Make the Workplace Safer

  • Use the right shelf designed for the materials.
  • Make sure that the shelving is secured against the wall so that the shelving cannot fall. Follow Safe Work Practices
  • When storing objects, store lighter objects on top and heavier objects on the bottom.
  • Never store objects so that they stick out past the shelving and can become a hazard.
  • When storing objects overhead, make sure that the anchorage system is sufficient for

    the weight of the object or objects.

  • Never store hazardous chemicals where they may interact with other hazardous

    chemicals.

  • Read the chemical Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to verify where a chemical can be stored.
  • When storing flammable chemicals, make sure a fire extinguisher is mounted nearby.
  • Never store objects on shelving that may block or damage a fire extinguisher.
  • Never store material on top of walk-in freezers or other structures that are not designed to support storage weight.

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HANDWASHING & DISEASE CONTROL

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Hand Washing

Make the Workplace Safer

  • Keep all restrooms clean and report any problems with restrooms to your Supervisor.
  • When possible use washing facilities that provide hot water.
  • If water is spilled, make sure it doesn’t become a slip hazard.

    Follow Safe Work Practices

  • Always use warm water and liquid soap.
  • Work up a good lather that covers the entire hand and wrist. Rinse the soap off and dry your hands using disposable towels, not your apron.
  • Make sure you properly dispose of the paper towel.
  • Always cover any open sores on your hands with a sterile medical covering after you wash your hands.
  • If you handle raw food, wearing the proper gloves is always advisable.
  • Fingernails should be short and clean.
  • Nail polish, false nails and acrylic nails should not be worn while handling food.

    Disease Control

    Follow Safe Work Practices

    • Do not come to work if you have a temperature, cough or runny nose or have just had them and wish to return to work.
    • Always use proper sneezing etiquette.
    • If you start to bleed, take immediate action to stop the bleeding and make sure the blood has not spread to any surfaces or dishes, etc.
    • Use a restaurant-approved disinfectant and sterilize working surfaces often.
    • When handling raw food, make sure you wear the appropriate gloves,hair net and apron as approved by your employer.
    • Never eat, smoke or drink liquids in or around food preparation and eating areas.
    • If you become sick while at work, notify your Supervisor immediately.

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End-of-Year Stress

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How You Can Cope With Stress

Follow Safe Work Practices:

  • Get plenty of rest before going to work;
  • Eat healthy and try and eat at your normal meal times;
  • Make time to exercise and “de-stress”;
  • If you experience any problems with customers or other employees, notify your supervisor right away;
  • Budget your expenses based upon your normal pat dates;
  • Discuss with your supervisor in a timely manner if you need time off;
  • Leave yourself plenty of time to get to work;
  • Limit your use of alcohol or other types of depressants;
  • Seek counseling if you start to feel pressures that you cannot cope with;
  • Talk with you other family members about your work hours should you have a schedule that may conflict with your holiday activities;
  • This is the time to set your goals for the next year and discuss them with your supervisor;
  • If you feel you are being harassed at work, notify your supervisor immediately;
  • Be aware of your surroundings as assaults and thefts increase during the holiday season;
  • Don’t leave packages or valuables in plain sight or if possible unattended in your vehicle while at work
  • If you cannot deal with your stress, you should consider seeing a mental health professional.

    Dial Down Your Holiday Stress

DID YOU KNOW?

That more workplace violence occurs in December than any other month of the year!
Also, employee stress levels are at their highest during the holidays.

  • Find support. People facing difficult family situations should set aside time to spend with their friends. Those who feel isolated or alone should take advantage of resources in their community or volunteer their time at a local charity;
  • Get some alone time. Take your breaks! Get away from your work station. Even a 10-minute break can help you relax and relieve stress. Taking a brisk walk or getting some exercise can significantly improve your mood;
  • Set limits. You can’t do everything, so do only what you enjoy. Allow friends and family members to share their ideas about what they would like to do during the holidays;
  • Reduce shopping stress. Set a budget and do not spend more than you intend. Don’t let guilt, competitiveness or perfectionism send you on more shopping excursions than you would like;
  • Enlist help. Let your friends and family contribute to the holiday preparations;
  • Be realistic. Don’t set your holiday expectations too high. Allow your loved ones to be themselves and set any conflicts aside for another time;
  • Reflect on the good things in your past. Honor and remember loved ones who have passed away;
  • Be organized. Plan meals, shopping lists and other activities in advance so you have more time to enjoy the holidays; and
  • Remember what’s important. Spend some time focusing on family, religious beliefs or traditions.

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