Manual Material Handling: Evaluation

EvaluationMaterial-handling demands in today’s food processing facilities are very diverse, but typically include a combination of lifting, handling and moving raw materials, in-process production and finished products.

Sentry has identified the following manual material-handling risk factors:

• Frequency

• Weight

• Distance

• Position

• Posture

• Prolonged or static holding

• Personal limitations

You can help control and manage the insurance risks associated with manual material handling by implementing these tips:

Evaluation

• Charge management with the responsibility of identifying problems, as well as developing and integrating solutions

• Form a task force or committee with the mission of prioritizing problem tasks, assessing hazards and developing solutions

• Evaluate overall production processes to identify unnecessary manual material-handling

• Evaluate production flow for opportunities to maximize efficiencies and reduce bottlenecks

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