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#1 Posted : 27 August 2001 09:23:00(UTC)
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Posted By Martin Jackson
I there any recommendations for the length of time employees are expected to spend standing in set positions on stone floors, or anything regarding PPE such as matting etc. Because it's playing havoc with our backs and knees.
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#2 Posted : 28 August 2001 08:25:00(UTC)
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Posted By Robert K Lewis
Martin
The OSRP act did state that if the job could be done sitting then the employer must provide suitable seating eg. chairs, stools etc. Mats are not PPE but the Management Risk nAssessments might be a fruitful line if it is as you say
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#3 Posted : 28 August 2001 09:26:00(UTC)
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Posted By Jack
The Workplace (H,S&W) Regs have a similar requirement. ie a seat must be provided where work includes operations of a kind that the work (or substantial part of it) can be done sitting. So it depends on whether any parts of the job CAN be done sitting.

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#4 Posted : 28 August 2001 12:28:00(UTC)
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Posted By Robert Woods
What type of work are you doing?

There are many types of matting on the market that may help with your problem.
As has been mentioned previously the best solution would be to see which parts of the job can be carried out whilst seated.

If you are wearing innapropriate footwear this could make the problem worse.
This was the problem at my last employers people who wore safety boots suffered a lot more leg and back aches than those who didn't.

This sounds like an excellent opportunity to carry out a body mapping exercise contact me if you would like info on body mapping.

bob@klyworksafe.fsnet.co.uk or
01535 664462
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#5 Posted : 28 August 2001 14:45:00(UTC)
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Posted By Peter Rees
If the task can be carried out seated, then your people are relatively lucky. We work in the food manufacturing industry, and due to customer (and therefore hygiene) requirements, cannot using matting etc. Some tasks, by the very nature of them, cannot be done seated and automation is not, at present, a viable option. The only controls that we have in place are job rotation every 30 minutes and extensive manual handling training. This is not ideal, but is all that we can reasonably do in the current climate. Mind you, I will listen to any other suggestions that anyone has.
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#6 Posted : 30 August 2001 19:20:00(UTC)
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Posted By Stuart Nagle
It would seem that an ergonics study would be useful here, to discover the relationship between the employees and and their working environment.

In most cases, useful outcomes can be achieved whereby employees conditions in relationship to the work to be performed are obtained.

In some cases simply by re-arranging the workplace to best suit the work and nature of the employees.

give it a try.

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