Workers Health & Safety Centre

Conveyor Systems — moving from Version 2.0 to 3.0 of this popular program

Conveyor Systems — moving from Version 2.0 to 3.0 of this popular program
Often called the workhorses of bulk material handling systems, conveyor systems can be found in a variety of industries. In light of their wide application, the Workers Health & Safety Centre recently prioritized and released updates to our existing three-hour Conveyor Systems training module.
Instructors please ensure you have the latest version prior to delivering this training.;
Version 3.0 of Conveyor Systems includes many significant changes. Overall this Certification hazard-specific module has been extensively expanded and reorganized to improve flow and ease of delivery. We draw your attention though to the following key changes.
  • A new section has been added to the beginning of the program to discuss a more systematic approach to workplace health and safety. It emphasizes the need for an overall workplace health and safety policy and program and the important role the joint health and safety committee plays in building them. Participants are encouraged to view each workplace inspection, recommendation for change and the like as part of the bigger plan. This change reflects an approach the WHSC will consistently implement in all future updates to Certification hazard-specific modules. 
  • The principles of controls section is now divided into two sections. A generic section addresses the basic theory of hazard-control with emphasis on elimination first. A second section deals with controls specific to conveyor systems.  This division will better facilitate the delivery of the module as a standalone module or its delivery as one of several hazard modules. By separating the concepts it will be easier for the instructor to adjust their delivery in this second scenario and avoid repetition of the generic discussion in subsequent modules. This too will be an approach consistently applied in updates to Certification hazard-specific modules going forward.
  • Other measures too have been taken to assist in the delivery of this hazard module (and other modules going forward) where they are delivered as one of several hazard modules. To also help avoid repetition of key underlying concepts like the discussion of workplace policies and programs, or principles of control, detailed session plans will be laid out with a visual cue to the instructor. Text addressing these key concepts will be displayed in grey coloured boxes with instruction that this information is to be delivered to participants in the first module of the series only. Delivery times then adjust accordingly.
  • New to this version is a discussion about psychosocial hazards associated with conveyor work. The program introduces related issues or factors such as understaffing, excessive workload, excessive work pace, monotonous work, long hours and shift work which can all contribute to poor worker health.
  • Worksheet #1 has been deleted and replaced with a new one. The new worksheet is a classroom exercise designed to help participants identify conveyor hazards and link them to the effects they can have on worker health and safety. 
  • Where there were two resource sheets in Version 2.0 of this program, this new version has four. They address: pre-start health and safety review, identification tools for hazards that give rise to musculoskeletal disorders, an ergonomic case study and machine guarding essentials for conveyors.
Want to know more about Conveyor Systems, Version 3.0?  Call 1-888-869-7950 and ask to speak to a training services representative or contact a WHSC location near you.