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Ergonomic Solutions for Retailers
Designed for retailers and safety experts, this NIOSH booklet has a goal to prevent MMH (manual material handling) injuries in grocery stores. MMH injuries, also called overexertion injuries, account for 60% of the injuries and lost work in select retail businesses. This 23-page booklet has 13 unique illustrations showing employees in a grocery store using various mechanical assist devices. This booklet was inspired by the Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling.
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Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling
This booklet will help you to recognize high-risk manual material handling work tasks and choose effective options for reducing their physical demands including:
  1. Eliminating lifting from the floor and using simple transport devices like carts or dollies
  2. Using lift-assist devices like scissors lift tables or load levelers
  3. Using more sophisticated equipment like powered stackers, hoists, cranes, or vacuum assist devices
  4. Guiding your choice of equipment by analyzing and redesigning work stations and workflow
Workshop Event Results
Manual Materials Handling Workshop: Business-to-Business
Application Guidelines for Ergonomic Assist and Safety Equipment

OSHA seeks public comment as it updates Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking public comment on an updated version of its voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines.

WRT Sector News Bulletin

If you have 3-5 minutes, check out NIOSH's latest WRT Sector News Bulletin. It has three short stories for the professional serving the needs of the businesses in the wholesale and retail trade sector.

New EASE Brochure Promotes Worker Safety

The Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment (EASE) Council of MHI has produced a new brochure to help promote safer, healthier and more ergonomically correct workplaces.

Event Start Date End Date Sponsor Location
Applied Ergonomics Conference 3/21/2016 4/24/2016 Orlando, FL
IIE's Three Day Ergo Workshop 3/29/2016 3/31/2016 Institute of Industrial Engineers
Norcross, GA
7th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics 7/27/2016 7/31/2016 Walt Disney World, Swan and Dolphin Hotel
Orlando, FL
The Effects on MH Equipment Design with an Aging and Obese Workforce
Sponsored by Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment (EASE)
Innovative use of material handling equipment to solve serious ergonomic problems is also the key to productivity gains. But, the rapidly aging and more obese worker is challenging the effectiveness of many equipment designs. Many manual material handling tasks have more than one solution and selecting the right equipment based on your employees physical abilities can help maximize your investment.
A Study of Solutions to Ergonomic Challenges in Material Handling
Sponsored by Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment (EASE)
The effects of manual material handling represent the biggest single contributor to worker injury in the United States. Utilizing the right equipment can reduce those incidences. This highly illustrated presentation of numerous case studies offers solutions to common manual handling tasks. Each task, whether in manufacturing, assembly, distribution and warehouse presents major challenges for today’s worker. The equipment solutions offered cover a broad range of technologies each providing advantages.
Event Start Date End Date Sponsor Location
ShowPro Live Exhibitor Workshop for MODEX 2016 12/9/2015 12/9/2015 MHI McCormick Place
Chicago, IL
ProMat 2017 Space Draw 12/10/2015 12/10/2015 MHI McCormick Place
Chicago, IL
MODEX 2016 4/4/2016 4/7/2016 MHI Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA
2016 Spring Meeting 5/16/2016 5/18/2016 MHI Marriott City Center
Charlotte, NC
2016 Annual Conference 10/16/2016 10/19/2016 MHI Hilton El Conquistador
Tucson, AZ
ProMat 2017 4/3/2017 4/6/2017 MHI McCormick Place
Chicago, IL
EASE Ergo/Lean Training Program for Sales Personnel


EASE Managing Executive

Andy Drozinski



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Southworth International Group Inc.

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