Manual handling (Non-office ergonomics)
Manual handling includes any task that requires an individual to move or handle objects by:
These physical exertions commonly cause lower back pain, lower back injuries, and occupational fatigue. Injuries can be either cumulative in nature (overuse) or the result of a single event (overexertion).
Education is a key step in preventing injury. You should have a basic understanding of ergonomics principles and manual handling techniques.
We can offer information, education, and resources that will provide you with an understanding of the basic elements of manual handling. The goal is to learn how to recognize risks and come up with solutions to prevent injuries.
- Manual Handling Risks - An overview of the hazards of Manual Handling; Ergonomic Risk Factors; and how to Assess Manual Handling Risks.
- How to Lift Safely - A Pre-Lift Checklist, and details on the 4 Basic Lifts.
- Pushing/Pulling/Carrying - Some tips to eliminate or reduce the risk of Musculoskeletal Injury (MSI) during pushing/pulling/carrying activities.
- Manual Handling: Stretches - Stretching and exercise can be useful as part of an overall program that includes risk identification, assessment and control.
We offer classroom based Manual Handling Courses that cover body mechanics and best practices for manual handling activities. Bring questions you might have about your own work areas to discuss.
In addition to our classroom based training sessions, you can contact our office for consultation on more complex and higher risk ergonomic issues on campus. This includes, but it is not limited to, issues around workflow in multi-user spaces and jobs with high physical demands. These situations may require on-site visits and consultation with managers and employees.
For more information, please contact Cathy Boraston at firstname.lastname@example.org