Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Reducing the Risk of Manual Materials Handling

Manual Materials Handling more than heavy lifting ...

"Tasks such as carrying boxes or lifting crates lead to hundreds of thousands of injuries a year. Here are some steps you can take to assess the risks in your workplace and reduce this costly occupational hazard.

In the workplace, we can view manual materials handling (MMH) as any process in which the human operator is asked or required to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or perform any other similar task in which an object is moved through space solely under the power of the human operator. Additionally, some assisted activities such as pushing a cart or using a mechanical assist still may be viewed as a manual materials handling task.

Many in the work force view materials handling tasks as only those tasks that involve weights that are perceived as heavy. In truth, MMH involves any handling of a product, whether it is a pencil or a 70-pound piece of electronics equipment. MMH is not relegated solely to heavy manufacturing environments; it includes jobs in a plant where a person has to lift a 1-pound component and jobs in an office where a person must lift a 55-pound computer monitor."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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