Material Handling

It is important to think about your body while doing material handling in order to reduce your likelihood of experiencing back discomfort. Research shows that 8 out of 10 adults will have low back pain. It is important for each of us to take care of this invaluable tool... the spine.  Please contact ergo@lbl.gov if you would like any assistance establishing the best and safest way for you to handle items.


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Fig. 1 Pivot instead of twisting.
Fig. 2. Store heavier loads between knee and shoulder height. Very heavy loads (50 lbs. or more) should be stored where they won't have to be manually lifted. Lighter and less frequently moved items should be placed on higher shelves.

Fig. 3. Create openings in containers to reduce reaching & bending.


Try to reduce the number of times objects need to be handled, and substitute sliding for lifting.
 

Fig 4:Poor work flow/ excessive manual handling










Fig 5:Good work flow/minimal manual handling