Ergonomic guidelines for manual material handling

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Ergonomic guidelines for manual material handling

Ergonomic guidelines for manual material handling

Type of item
Guides & Tools
Country
USA
Languages

English

Provider
Provider (English)
California Department of Industrial Relations
Provider (Original)
California Department of Industrial Relations

Description

This booklet is written for managers and supervisors in industries that involve the manual handling of containers. It offers suggestions to improve the handling of rectangular, square, and cylindrical containers, sacks, and bags. “Improving Manual Material Handling in Your Workplace” lists the benefits of improving your work tasks. It also contains information on risk factors, types of ergonomic improvements, and effective training and sets out a four-step proactive action plan. The plan helps you identify problems, set priorities, make changes, and follow up. Sections 1 and 2 of “Improvement Options” provide ways to improve lifting, lowering, filling, emptying, or carrying tasks by changing work practices and/or the use of equipment. Guidelines for safer work practices are also included. Section 3 of “Improvement Options” provides ideas for using equipment instead of manually handling individual containers. Guidelines for safer equipment use are also included.

 

This booklet is written for managers and supervisors in industries that involve the manual handling of containers. It offers suggestions to improve the handling of rectangular, square, and cylindrical containers, sacks, and bags. “Improving Manual Material Handling in Your Workplace” lists the benefits of improving your work tasks. It also contains information on risk factors, types of ergonomic improvements, and effective training and sets out a four-step proactive action plan. The plan helps you identify problems, set priorities, make changes, and follow up. Sections 1 and 2 of “Improvement Options” provide ways to improve lifting, lowering, filling, emptying, or carrying tasks by changing work practices and/or the use of equipment. Guidelines for safer work practices are also included. Section 3 of “Improvement Options” provides ideas for using equipment instead of manually handling individual containers. Guidelines for safer equipment use are also included.

 

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Language of original language description

English

Other data

Sector / Indrustry covered
Not sector specific
Hazards
Forceful movements
Manual handling of loads
Health effects
MSDs unspecified
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.)
All (no specific group)
Prevention measures
Elimination of hazards
Improving individual working techniques (e.g manual handling postures)
Simple tips and measures
Technical measures e.g. ergonomic equipment
Purpose of the material
Guidance
Target audience
Workers
Priority area
Prevention
Year
2007