What four major safety and health (including ergonomic) hazards can you identify and control For each of these four, identify their potential impact on worker health and safety.
The shipping and cold storage room at Pick ‘n Pay produce (fruit and vegetable) warehouse is a busy place. Twelve foot vertical racks in the cold storage room hold multiple pallets. Some of the fruit is tightly packed and overripe. The boxes are heavy and sometimes damp. Electric forklifts move pallets from place to place, including an outdoor dock where transportation trucks are loaded all year round by the forklifts.
The manager is giving a tour of the area to the boss’s nephew who will be working there for the summer. The manager wants to impress upon the young man that this is serious work with a variety of hazards.
(A) What four major safety and health (including ergonomic) hazards can you identify and control For each of these four, identify their potential impact on worker health and safety. [HINT: See grading rubric below.]
(B) Using the scenario above, select two categorically different hazards or potential hazards that you identified in part (A) and answer the following for each of the two distinct hazards. [HINT: See grading rubric below.]
(i) Identify at least one OSHA standard for each hazard that would reduce the hazard
(ii) Cite the standard as “29 CFR 1910.x, Name of Standard”
(iii) Analyze the major requirements of the standard as they address the hazard
(iv) How would implementing any of those requirements reduce or eliminate the hazard
(v) Is implementing an OSHA requirement sufficient to ensure worker safety Why or why not
Note: some standards are lengthy; select only the relevant paragraph(s) of the standard. Do NOT exceed one page per question.
GRADING RUBRIC for Section B
Criterion (total 9 criteria) Performance Level Excellent
(10 points) Good
(8 points) Fair
(6 points) Poor
(4 point) Failed
1. Describes four hazards that can be identified in this warehouse
2. Links these hazards with potential health and safety effect
3. Describes some controls and safe procedures for each identified hazard.
4. Identifies and cites relevant OSHA standard(s) for each of two distinct hazards
5. Relates some OSHA requirements to each of two specific workplace hazards, describing the applicability of the standard to the hazard and what OSHA requires
6. Discusses how implementation of standard would reduce or eliminate impact of hazard, such as type(s) of injuries avoided
7. There are no proofreading, grammatical or spelling errors
8. The organization of reasoning/logic clearly supports the main ideas behind standards and guidance
9. Conclusions are fully supported with cited sources and these sources are ranked according to their potential accuracy (such as on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the least reliable)
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