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Risk Assessment Management

Keg Handling

Handling of beer kegs may involve the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving of a load which involves risk of injury, which may result in damage to the joints or upper / lower limbs, back injuries or other serious injuries to you, your employees and / or visitors

Do you or your employees lift, push, pull, carry or move kegs of beer?

Indicate if the following controls have been implemented in your workplace.

Each keg handling task, from delivery to storage area, then connection to delivery pipes and finally removal of empty kegs, is assessed and measures put in place where needed to avoid or reduce the risks

Risk Factors: Keg is too heavy or awkward or carried with arms outstretched, has to be stacked two high, carried too far or too often or involves bending and / or twisting, or there is inadequate space, uneven or slippery floor or steps

Task is organised to allow the use of mechanical aids to avoid the need for or reduce the manual handling of kegs

Maintain the equipment in good working order and make sure staff are trained in its correct use. The floor should be suitable for the safe use of a mechanical lifter. Lifting equipment must be examined every 12 months by a competent person. Keep records

Where cellar design or limited space means kegs have to be stacked two high then a mechanical lifting aid is used to avoid the manual lifting of full kegs

Under no circumstances should full kegs be manually lifted. Assess stacking arrangements outside the premises as well as inside. The lifting aid must be examined every 12 months by a competent person and records kept

Work is planned to prevent handling over long distances or frequent repetitions

Where multiple kegs have to be moved, it is good practice to rotate staff. Efforts could be made to reduce carry distances by changing the layout of a work area or by using handling aids such as a keg trolley

Bending, twisting and unstable postures are avoided

Organise the workplace: good housekeeping, clear routes, adequate space and suitable equipment can allow the safe handling / movement of kegs and prevent poor postures. Consider staff that are at particular risk e.g. pregnant employees or previous injury

Employees receive relevant manual handling training

Employees may still need to carry out some manual handling, e.g. rolling kegs, so they need to be trained by a manual handling instructor in a safe system of work including the use of keg trolleys and mechanical lifters and how to assess and move loads

Have you any additional controls or information you would like to add?