By November 26, 2015Public Blogs

Material Handling

Make the Workplace Safer

  • Clean up spills and make sure all paths of travel are clear.
  • Make sure all exits are free and clear of obstructions.
  • Use handcarts or other mechanical means when moving heavy objects.

Follow Safe Work Practices

  • Never lift any materials that you feel are too heavy or too large in size. Use team lifting or lift by mechanical means, such as a hand cart.
  • If you need to use a ladder, make sure you’re properly trained to use that ladder and that the ladder is safe to use.
  • Never stand on a chair or other device that is not approved as a ladder.
  • Never lift yourself up on a shelf to reach a higher shelf.
  • When lifting objects, keep your back straight and bend your legs using your thigh muscles.



    Make the Workplace Safer

  • Use the right shelf designed for the materials.
  • Make sure that the shelving is secured against the wall so that the shelving cannot fall. Follow Safe Work Practices
  • When storing objects, store lighter objects on top and heavier objects on the bottom.
  • Never store objects so that they stick out past the shelving and can become a hazard.
  • When storing objects overhead, make sure that the anchorage system is sufficient for

    the weight of the object or objects.

  • Never store hazardous chemicals where they may interact with other hazardous


  • Read the chemical Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to verify where a chemical can be stored.
  • When storing flammable chemicals, make sure a fire extinguisher is mounted nearby.
  • Never store objects on shelving that may block or damage a fire extinguisher.
  • Never store material on top of walk-in freezers or other structures that are not designed to support storage weight.

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