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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, May 22, 2015
"Has the following Vacancies to be filled"
This individual must have secretarial skills with some accounting ability.
*Accounting Junior Inputting Clerk
Knowledge in Peachtree Accounting software.
*Customs Clerk Grade 1, 11 &
Experience with ASYCUDA, Handling of transshipment/bonds.
The public is hereby
notified that Larry
Proposes to apply to the
(EMA) for a variation in
accordance with the
Noise Pollution Control
Rules 2001 for the
Date Of Event/Activity:
Sunday 28th June,
Name And Description
Brian Lara Cricket
3.00 a.m to 10.00 a.m
The public is invited to
submit comments within
5 working days of the
publication of the notice
to the EMA.
WITH WENDY RAHAMUT
CALL 3570927 TO REGISTER
What do the following activities have in
common: a nurse moving a patient, a
postal worker carrying parcels or let-
ters, a homemaker cleaning, a shopper pushing
a cart or an individual exercising in a gym?
The answer is manual handling---a task which
is commonly performed in day-to-day opera-
tions associated with work and leisure.
In accordance to the Manual Handling Oper-
ations Regulations 1992 of the UK, manual
handling is defined as the transporting or sup-
porting of a load by hand or bodily force. It
usually involves lifting, lowering, carrying,
moving, pushing or pulling and holding of
These loads are often inanimate, such as
objects, or animate, involving people and ani-
mals. However, the type of manual handling
can vary in accordance to the specific activities
There are the possibilities of negative health
effects associated with manual handling. The
two most common groupings are muscu-
loskeletal disorders and incidental injuries.
Musculoskeletal disorders are the most com-
mon of these groupings.
It affects the musculoskeletal system of the
body and is inclusive of the muscles, tendons,
ligaments, bones, joints, blood vessels and
nerves. Injuries to the lower back region
resulting in pain and discomfort are the most
common of these musculoskeletal disorders.
On the other hand, incidental injuries, which
are commonly caused by manual handling,
include cuts, bruises and fractures.
The fundamental essentials of manual han-
dling, which can be the precursor of these
negative health effects, are as follows:
Back injuries can significantly increase during
lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling if the load
is too heavy. In addition, uneven muscle load-
ing and fatigue can occur if awkward, unstable
or too large a load is handled. If the loads are
difficult to reach, then a greater muscular force
is required, as it may often involve the out-
stretching of the arms, bending or twisting of
If sharp edges or dangerous materials are
present within loads, then such should be
handled with care as injuries can result in case
of collisions. It is always therefore a good
practice to keep the load as close to the body
when lifting and carrying.
If the environment is not conducive to per-
forming any manual handling activities, then
the possibility of injuries occurring are signifi-
cant. Physical conditions such as slippery,
uneven or unstable surfaces can result in inci-
dents and ultimately back injuries. If the work-
ing spaces are limited or cramped, then
maneuvering of the body is required and this
can affect both posture and balance. Climatic
factors such as temperature extremes, humidity
and ventilation can result in the onset of
fatigue, thereby affecting the ability to handle
loads. In addition, inadequate or poor lighting
can severely impair visibility, thereby increasing
the chances of trips, falls and bumping into
objects during manual handling.
The risk of back injuries can significantly
increase if the task is too strenuous, demand-
ing or involves repetitive handling. Other con-
tributing factors to back injuries which can
result from performing of a task may involve
awkward positioning, overreaching, stretching
Back injuries can also be linked to individual
factors. One such factor is the age of the indi-
vidual, coupled with the physical and mental
state of well-being. Personal lifestyle can also
increase the risk of injuries.
This can include smokers and those who
consume excessive amounts of alcohol or illicit
substances. Having a prior history of back
injury can also increase one s susceptibility
depending on the task. In addition, the proba-
bility of injuries can also increase from a lack
of familiarisation, training and experience con-
cerning manual handling.
Measures to aid reduction or elimination of
negative effects from manual handling are:
Redesigning of the task or activity
Can manual handling be completely avoided
or at least restricted? This is the first question
to be asked in the redesigning of the task or
activity. If it cannot be completely avoided,
then automation or mechanisation through the
use of lifting and transporting equipment can
be used, such as barrows, trolleys and lift
trucks. Special attention must however be paid
such that new hazards are not created by using
these automated or mechanised means.
Administrative measures are the next best
option if elimination of manual handling is not
possible and the use of mechanical aids is not
effective. This can include the splitting of loads
into smaller ones, or using several people for
heavy or frequent manual handling. In addi-
tion, frequent breaks should be taken during
manual handling tasks or by alternating with
other tasks so that the muscles will not
become easily fatigued.
Information and training
If manual handling is performed on a daily
basis, then it is important that all necessary
information about the negative health effects
are well communicated. In addition, training
should be administered on the correct use of
equipment, and most importantly, the correct
manual handling techniques.
Manual handling can be a necessity to
everyday living. However, there can be serious
consequences and restrictions due to injuries.
The ability to undertake work and leisure
activities can be impaired, therefore, awareness
and prevention are vital.
The Caribbean Institute for Security and
Public Safety offers a wide range of train-
ing programmes to organisations and indi-
viduals in many areas of law enforcement,
security supervision and management, and
occupational safety and health. Contact us
at 223-6999, email: info@caribbeansecurityin-
stitute.com or www.caribbeansecurityinsti-
tute.com to strengthen your human
resource skill set!
Recently I went to FCB, One
Woodbrook Place, to with-
draw US$1,524 from my US
After lining up for 25 minutes,
the teller told me I could only
get US$500. I explained to her
that it was to pay premiums for
a US health policy and I needed
the entire amount or the policy
would lapse. She was rather un-
communicative so I asked her to
call her supervisor---a Mr
Richard Rowley---who took an-
other 20 minutes to see me!
And he also said I could only
I again explained what I
needed the money for, and that I
was not asking to buy US dol-
lars, I only wanted to withdraw
my own US money.
He insisted that $500 was all
I could get because he had to
keep some US currency for
those customers who may still
come to the bank that after-
I called RBC the next morning
(that was another nightmare to
get to speak to a human on
their operator-less system!).
However, I told them that I un-
derstood US dollars were short
but needed to get $1,524 from
And their answer was: "Cer-
tainly, which branch do you
want to collect it from?"
I immediately wrote Mr Row-
ley, telling him what I thought
about his service and asked him
to prepare a draft for the entire
amount left in my US account
as I planned to move it to RBC.
As a supervisor, he needed to:
(1) know his customer, and if he
didn't, he could pull up all my ac-
counts to see if I was a valuable
customer or not, and (2) to not
give the impression that he did-
n't care if the medical plan was
cancelled due to the non-pay-
ment of premiums!!
Bsc, Msc, Lecturer, CISPS
SAFETY IN HANDLING MANUAL OPERATIONS Time for banks to
be human again
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