Manual Material Handling

  • 4.14.1. Are personnel who regularly perform manual lifting duties properly trained?

  • Does training include what PPE is required, what manual
    lifting devices are available and their proper use?

  • Are workers properly trained in team lifting techniques when they will be lifting heavy or
    odd shaped items?

  • Are manual materials handling activities kept to a minimum through the application and use
    of engineering controls when possible?

  • Do individuals seek assistance when it is necessary to move heavy or odd shaped items?

  • Is PPE provided and used when needed?

  • Are wheeled hand trucks and dollies loaded so that the cargo is stable and the loads won't fall?

  • Are hoists or other lifting equipment being used?

  • Are hoists equipped with a device (ratchet and pawl or load brake) that prevents a
    suspended load from self-lowering and ensures loads are only lowered by operation of the hoist

  • Are hoists inspected daily or prior to each use for items such as loose or worn parts, cracked
    or broken welds, deformed hooks or chain, and bent or deformed pawls?

  • Are only approved lifting devices like slings used to lift loads?

Work Environment

  • Are workbenches at a comfortable height?

  • Is equipment adjusted so as to reduce body strain?

  • Are storage areas organized to minimize bending and stretching?

  • Are tasks rotated to avoid repetitive tasks?

  • Is work planned to balance out periods of high and low demand?

  • Are workers able to take adequate breaks?

  • Do workers have adequate space to enable ease of movement?

  • Are materials neatly stacked and the height limited to minimize the possibility for the
    materials to fall or collapse?

  • Are items that are regularly used within easy reach?

  • Is the area clear of debris, free of trip hazards, and in a general state of cleanliness?

Safe Lifting

  • Completes simple stretching before starting work requiring lifting, carrying, kneeling, bending, etc

  • Keeps heavier objects to be handled stored within the safe lifting zone (between shoulders & knees)

  • Pushes material handling devices instead of pulling

  • Positions material handling devices so loads can always be pushed using both hands and not pulled

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