Ontario releases occupational health and safety guidance on the manual transfer of mobile industrial waste containers [CA]

On December 31, 2014 the Canadian Ministry of Labour issued guidance on the manual transfer of mobile industrial waste containers. This guidance is intended to help employers understand some of the applicable requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations. Workers who manually move industrial waste containers are at risk of musculoskeletal disorders and other injuries.

Health & Safety : workers safety

The Ministry of Labour issued guidance on protecting workers from the hazards associated with manually moving mobile industrial waste containers, also known as “dumpsters.” Workers are at risk of musculoskeletal disorders and struck by incidents when moving industrial waste containers. Workers are at risk of musculoskeletal disorders if they overexert themselves when manually pushing or pulling containers. Workers are at risk of being struck by a waste container if the worker moving the container loses control of the container.

Powered equipment to help move containers

The Ministry of Labour recommends that employers provide powered equipment to help move containers, use casters to reduce the force necessary to move containers, or have multiple employees move a container if it is not possible to use powered equipment

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Sources :

Ministry of Labour, Information Bulletin, Manual Transfer of Mobile Industrial Waste Containers, December 2014