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Modules: 4
Hours: 2
Sectors: All Industries

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Course 619 Materials Handling Safety

Key Topics

  • Manual Handling
  • Mechanical Handling
  • Cranes and Slings
  • Forklifts
  • Housekeeping
  • Storage

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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Manual and material handling procedures exist in most workplaces.

The ability to handle materials-to move them from one location to another, whether during transit or at the worksite-is vital to all segments of industry. Materials must be moved, for example, for industry to manufacture, sell, and utilize products. In short, without materials-handling capability, industry would cease to exist.

Mishandling materials is the single largest cause of accidents and injuries in the workplace. Most of these accidents and injuries can be readily avoided. Whenever possible, mechanical means should be used to move materials to avoid employee injuries such as muscle pulls, strains, and sprains. Many loads are too heavy and/or bulky to be safely moved manually. Various types of equipment, therefore, have been designed specifically to aid in the movement of materials: cranes, derricks, hoists, powered industrial trucks, and conveyors.

The hazards associated with materials handling include:

  • the improper use of equipment,
  • the accumulation of materials and clutter,
  • unsafe conditions of materials and containers,
  • toxic and flammable materials,
  • the weight of materials being handled,
  • binding ties or other devices to secure bundles or bound materials,
  • exposure to struck-by or caught-in/between hazards,
  • lifting, lowering, pushing and pulling heavy or unwieldy objects, and
  • improperly stacked materials.

This course describes basic concepts and principles of manual and mechanical materials handling, including moving, transferring, handling, lifting, and storing materials.

Modules and Learning Objectives

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Module 1 - Manual Handling

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Describe the hazards inherent in manual material handling.
  • List factors associated with back injuries.
  • Discuss precautions to take when manually handling materials.
  • Describe the hazards associated with moving and lifting objects.
  • Describe the best practices for stacking materials.
  • Identify the types of PPE to use when manually handling materials.
  • Describe the hazards of loading, transporting, and unloading.
  • Describe precautions to take when moving trailing cables.

Module 2 - Mechanical Handling

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Describe the types of equipment used in mechanical handling.
  • Identify the seven classes of forklifts.
  • Give an example of a diesel, electric, gasoline, and LPS forklifts.
  • Describe Hazard Classes I and II, and give examples.
  • Describe safe practices when traveling when using a forklift.
  • Discuss safe practices when driving on ramps and onto trucks, trailers, and railroad cars.
  • Identify the questions to ask when analyzing a load.
  • Describe requirements for lifting and lowering people using a forklift.
  • Discuss safe work practices related to forklift traffic patterns.

Module 3 - Cranes and slings

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Define "rated capacity" and give an example.
  • Discuss general safety measures for crane operation.
  • Describe the hazards of working around a suspended load.
  • Describe crane operator responsibilities while the load is suspended.
  • Discuss the signaling and work area control requirements for operators.
  • Describe the types of slings, related safe practices and uses.

Module 4 - Conveyors, Housekeeping, and Storage

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Describe the hazards associated with working around conveyors.
  • Discuss the benefits of good housekeeping for material handling.
  • Describe staging hazards and solutions.
  • Describe general storage considerations for indoors and outside storage.
  • Discuss storage and stacking requirements for bagged materials, lumber, and bricks.
  • Discuss storage and stacking requirements for steel, cylindrical material, sand, gravel, and stone.
  • Describe requirements for handling and storing drums.
  • Describe requirements for and storing flammable and combustible liquids.

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Course 619 Final Exam

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