materials handling Hazards

What are the Risk Factors?

  • Lifting, pushing and pulling material with excessive weight.
  • Storing material in locations which require awkward postures, e.g., reaching away from the body and twisting.
  • Tasks involving repetitive motions such a frequent bending.

Injury Prevention Strategies for Materials Handling Hazards

  1. Determine safe lift limits and ensure that employees adhere to the set limit.
  2. Use material handling equipment such as carts, dollies and lifts to transport heavy materials.
  3. Store materials in a location that can be accessed without bending or reaching.

Resources and Training Guides

Ergonomics--Solutions to Control Hazards: OSHA https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ergonomics/controlhazards.html

OSHA Materials Handling and Storage https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha2236.pdf

OSHA Ergonomics eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/electricalcontractors/materials/heavy.html