manual handling

push. Push. PUSH!!

People push and pull things all day long – doors, wheelchairs, buttons, chairs, bins, and boxes. We rarely think about the best way to push something. Ergonomists, asked about the risks associated with pushing a load, will usually focus on the force required, the hand height, the type of grip required, pushing frequency, and the […]
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Are you in compliance with the “MOL Approved Ergonomic Guidelines”?

We recently came across a job posting for an ergonomist. (No, we’re not looking for a job—we just like to know what’s going on.) The job responsibilities included “evaluating…parts as well as assembly processes to ensure that they are in compliance with Ministry of Labour’s approved Ergonomic Guidelines.” We were startled! The MOL has “approved” […]
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Ergo training prevents injuries (Sneak preview of one of our ergo conference presentations)

If you haven’t registered for the October 5-8 Association of Canadian Ergonomists conference, it’s not too late – in fact, the early registration deadline has been extended to Monday, Sept 15! Click here to register for the conference, being held in Waterloo, ON. We are presenting two papers there. Josie will be presenting a “reject conveyor” case […]
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Get ahead of the MOL’s September Material Handling Blitz with Ergonomics training

If you’re part of the “industrial sector” then you may be aware that the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) is planning another focus on material handling, for September 14-October 23 this year. Now is the time to proactively address this potential hazard. The blitz focus is expected to include: Lifting devices Manual handling procedure Mobile/transport […]
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