This study unit introduces the safe techniques and work practices commonly used when handling manufacturing and industrial materials manually. Trainees will learn the procedures necessary to avoid physical injury to yourself and those working with you, for both manual handling methods and mechanical handling methods. You will also learn procedures that minimize damage to the materials being moved and to facility property. Knowing the proper procedures will also give you the insight to decide when mechanical handling is necessary, or preferred, over traditional physical handling.

The purpose of this workshop is to give those who attend the basic information and concepts needed for Manual Materials Handling hazard/risk recognition. Manual Materials Handling (MMH) is an important application of ergonomic principles that particularly addresses back injury prevention.



  • Identify the costs of MMH injuries
  • Clearly define the activities involved in MMH
  • Apply the concepts of MMH modeling to hazard recognition
  • Recognize the factors that influence MMH
  • Understand and apply the guidelines for safe lifting
  • Return to the workplace and conduct a basic survey of MMH risks



1. An Introduction to Material Handling

  • Example of Manual Material Handling
  • Risk of Injury to the Human Body
  • Cost of Manual Material Handling

2. Five Activities that involve Manual Material Handling – examined Lifting/Lowering:

  • Pushing/Pulling
  • Twistin
  • Carrying
  • Holding

3. Biometrics of Manual Material Handling

  • Anatomy of the Spine
  • Posture Perfect
  • Disc Herniation & Degeneration

4. Musculoskeletal Disorder

  • MSD Defined
  • Understanding MSD Hazards
  • Fixed or Awkward Postures
  • Repetition
  • Recognizing Signs & Symptoms of Musculoskeletal

5. Recognizing Signs the Hazards of Manual Material Handling

  • Recognizing Jobs with MSD Hazards

6. Controlling Workplace Manual Material Handling Hazards

  • Engineering, Administrative and PPE
  • Back Belts in the Workplace

7. Safe Manual Material Handling

  • Job Tasks Design
  • Work Station Design
  • Tips of Eliminating & Controlling MSD Hazards
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