Manual Material Handling: Evaluation

Sentry Insurance Manual Material HandlingMaterial-handling demands in today’s printing facilities are very diverse, but typically include a combination of lifting, handling and moving raw paper stock, in-process print jobs and finished pieces.

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

• Frequency
• Weight
• Distance
• Position
• Posture
• Prolonged or static holding
• Personal factors

By being diligent in preventing employee and customer injuries, as well as property damage, you will help minimize accidents and help to reduce your insurance costs. Follow these tips to help reduce risk of injury associated with manual material handling:

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

Administrative Approaches

Supplement efforts to prevent injuries by adopting administrative approaches, including:

• Job rotation
• Job enlargement
• Employee wellness, exercise and stretching programs

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