Preventive Measures and Controls

Collecting, Transporting and Processing Waste (Image)
  • Keep loads as small as possible and close to your body.
  • Avoid lifting above your shoulders.
  • Use a cart or hand truck whenever possible.
  • Full drums must be moved by a hand truck or mechanized equipment.
  • Use carts and hand trucks specifically designed for handling drums and other materials.
  • Use handles for drums that need to be lifted or carried by hand.
Providing Emergency Response (Image)
  • Pay particular attention to bending, twisting and lifting motions.
  • Select and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Follow established clean up protocols.
  • Remember that long duration work in PPE can be exhausting. Take breaks and stay hydrated during hot weather.
  • If possible, use a lighter-weight SCBA or Supplied Air Respirator.
Vehicles (Image)
  • Inspect the vehicle from the exterior for any obvious defects or dangerous conditions prior to use.
  • Position seat, mirrors, radio, working papers, etc. at the start of your shift to your size and configuration.
  • Avoid keeping bulky or sharp objects in pants pockets or utility belts when seated for long periods of time.
  • Assess weight and position of heavy or awkward objects prior to moving them from the trunk, vehicle cargo area or bed. Beware of any load-shifting and respect the force of gravity on tilting objects or stacked materials.
  • Pay particular attention to road and walk surfaces.
  • Maintain high visibility of other motorists and use caution when stopping for loading or unloading.
  • Always wear your seatbelt no matter how short the trip.
  • Connecticut law prohibits the use of cell phones while driving.
Computer Work
  • To work comfortably at a computer workstation you need to have your body in the proper orientation relative to the monitor, keyboard, source document,  chair and floor.
  • See Workstation Ergonomics for additional information.
Surveys and Inspections (Image)
  • Reduce the size and weight of the bag that you are carrying to make handling easier.
  • Use shoulder straps to carry the bag instead of gripping the bag’s handle.
  • To keep your balance while surveying the floor, bend at your knees and let your legs and hips do most of the work.
  • To prevent injuries on a construction site, wear steel toe shoes, a hard hat and safety glasses.