Thursday, June 17, 2021

Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA)-Cluttered Areas

To prepare hazard identification and risk assessment for your worksite, following are some guideline key points that will help you:


Clutter and obstacles on walkways, stairs, and platforms can cause falls that may result in a sprain, fracture, or even a head injury. Clutter and obstacles include hoses, spools, pumps, buckets, or pallets.

Risk Control

Reduce and or minimize the risk of injury by following these guidelines:

  • Perform regular housekeeping audits of all areas at the brewery or distillery. Deal with any issues immediately.
  • Keep housekeeping audit records to help find trends and root causes for recurrent issues. You can also use these records to prove due diligence.
  • Use signs to draw attention to hoses on the ground, especially in high-traffic areas. Restrict access to areas where cleaning-in-place (CIP) is in process, if possible.
  • Select the proper length hose for the job to avoid excess hose. Use the minimum length needed to connect tanks.
  • Keep walkways and work areas clear of tools, hoses, boxes, and other clutter.
  • Coil or hang hoses safely in designated areas off the floor (for example, on a rack) when not in use.
  • Be sure you can see where you’re going when carrying large items.
  • Watch for hoses. If you’re moving hoses, warn nearby workers.
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