Using a computer - desktop and/or laptop

Using a computer - desktop and/or laptop
SAFE WORK METHOD STATEMENT
SWMS / Assessment no. INT08/70318
Emergencies, Weeds & Pest Animals Branch
PMB 8 Camden NSW 2570
Tel: 02 4640 6467; 02 6391 3680
Email: emergency.preparedness@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Job Task:
Branch - Emergencies, Weeds & Pest Animals
Using a computer: Desktop and/or laptop
Unit - Emergency Preparedness & Response
Location – Preparedness activities, emergency operation centres (EOC’s), temporary work sites
RISK IDENTIFICATION AND CONTROLS
Please include all discrete steps involved in the performance of the task
Procedural step(s)
Possible hazard(s)
Set up computer
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NOTE: The PPE required must be listed and the minimum PPE for each chemical must be listed as per the relevant MSDS.
R1 Risk without controls
R1 Safety control(s)
Trips & falls
Electrocution
Crush injuries
Manual handling injuries
S
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Switch on computer
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Electrocution
Strains and sprains
L
Operate keyboard and mouse
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Strains/sprains: Back, eyes, hands and
wrists
Occupational overuse syndrome
Restricted movement
Tiring of muscles
Increased stress on muscles & spine from
repetitive, frequently bent or twisted
posture
S
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R2 Risk with controls
R2
Refer to Manual Handling – inside SWMS for controls for manual handling
Locate equipment on flat, secure and stable surface at a comfortable
working height to reduce manual handling and crush injuries
Ensure cables and boards are secured in place to reduce slip/trip and
falls, and reduce wear and tear
Report damage to equipment and guarding via Hazard Report Form
Do not use equipment if damaged, including cables
Ensure electrical connections are completely plugged in to power points
and secured if necessary. Do not overload circuitry with multiple power
boards in single power points.
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Operate according to manufacturer’s instructions
Visually check that circuits are protected and operating (eg earth leakage
circuit breaker)
• Locate desktop/laptop where easily accessible
General:
• Vary tasks during the day
• Take regular breaks
• Exercise (according to display poster) after every hour of keyboarding
• Provide adequate staff numbers to allow rotation
• Carry out most work at waist level & within easy reach
• Position tools, controls, equipment & furniture to allow work in a
comfortable, upright position
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L
L
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SAFE WORK METHOD STATEMENT
Procedural step(s)
SWMS / Assessment no. INT08/70318
Possible hazard(s)
R1
Safety control(s)
R2
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Extra stress when applying force or lifting
loads when seated
Operating a computer
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Screen radiation
Reflection and brightness
Strains/sprains: Back, eyes, hands and
wrists
L
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Adjust screen brightness to suit
Obtain and correctly fit glare and radiation filter if required
Ensure desk and computer screen is correctly placed in relationship with
windows and office lighting
L
Switch off computer
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Electrocution
Strains/sprains
L
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Visually check that circuits are protected and operating (eg earth leakage
circuit breaker)
L
S
Overall risk rating
Overall risk rating
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Carry out work in a comfortable position with regular changes in position &
posture
• Use correctly adjusted ergonomic furniture
• Provide and use wrist supports for keyboard and mouse
• Adjust computer screen, keyboard, mouse & chair to a comfortable
position
• Ensure correct posture while working
Laptop use:
• Place laptop on a sturdy, horizontal surface (eg table) to reduce risk of
strain
• Where possible use a desktop computer or connect laptop to separate
keyboard
L
RISK RATING GUIDE
Likelihood
Consequence
Death
Catastrophic Illness/Injury
Major
Extensive Injuries
Moderate
Medical treatment required
Minor
No injuries
Almost certain
Occurred before/expected
H
H
S
S
Likely
Probably will occur
H
S
S
S
Moderate
May occur at some time
H
S
L
L
Unlikely
Unusual or rare situation
S
L
L
L
High (H) – cease exposure immediately until protection, approved at senior mgt level, implemented.
Significant (S) – procedures alone may not be enough, senior management attention required.
Low (L) – may be managed by routine procedures, some risks in this category may be acceptable.
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SAFE WORK METHOD STATEMENT
SWMS / Assessment no. INT08/70318
SPECIFIC TASK REQUIREMENTS
Qualifications or experience
• Workplace induction
Training
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Basic instructions in use of appliances
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Manufacturer’s operation instructions
Engineering details, certificates, WorkCover approvals
Relevant codes of practice, legislation or standards
• Occupational Health & Safety Act 2000
• Occupational Health & Safety Regulation 2001
• National Standard for Manual Tasks 2007
• National Code of Practice for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders from Performing Manual Tasks 2007
• Guidance Note for the Prevention of Occupational Overuse Syndrome in Keyboard Employment (NOHSC:3005[1996])
• AS 1680.1 Interior Lighting General Principles
• AS 1680.2 Interior Lighting: Office and screen-based tasks
Plant/equipment
• Computer CPU, screen, mouse, keyboard, adjustable chair
• If required – anti glare guards, document holders
• Ergonomic furniture
Maintenance checks, site/workplace inspections
• Manufacturer’s operators manual
Maintenance checks, site/workplace inspections
Suggested improvements (in order or priority)
Additional comments
Computer Use SWMS V1
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SAFE WORK METHOD STATEMENT
SWMS / Assessment no. INT08/70318
Assessment dates
Initial assessment date 1 October 08
Current assessment date
Reassessment due date
Assessors
Name
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Joanne Loughlin
Signature
Date
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1 October 08
J Loughlin
Recommendation (Project Officer, Agricultural Protection Officer, Team Leader, OIC, Coordinator)
Name
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Joanne Loughlin – Project Officer
Follow up required
Signature
Date
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1 October 08
J Loughlin
Approval (Manager GEPR, Leader APFHEPR, Section Manager, Controller)
Name
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Kevin Cooper, Leader APFHEPR
Signature
Date
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31 October 2008
K Cooper
I have read and understand this Safe Work Method Statement
Name
Computer Use SWMS V1
Signature
Date
Name
1 October 2008
Signature
Date
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