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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
Event Start Date End Date Sponsor Location
National Ergonomics Conference 11/17/2015 11/20/2015 Las Vegas, NV
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
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.

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