Material Handling


Material handling is defined as any activity requiring a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry, throw, move, restrain or hold any animate or inanimate object.

Those who perform manual handling tasks are at an increased risk of repetitive stress injuries.


  • Engineering Controls: Involves making changes to workstations, tools or equipment used on the job, or changing the way a job is done to avoid injury. Examples include safe lifting training, using mechanical aids when needed and team lifts.
  • Administrative and Work Practice Controls: Involves changes in the way an employee performs the physical work activities of a job that reduce or control exposure to MSDS hazards. Example include job rotation, neutral postures, use of two person lift teams, modify work practices and frequent breaks to allow for rest and recovery.