Ergonomics done right.®
February 28th, 2011

Warehouse Ergonomics Webinar Q & A

Thank you to everyone that signed onto the webinar on Friday! It was a well-attended event, which means there are many people interested in this topic and find the warehouse to be a challenging environment in terms of managing a successful ergonomics process. We are excited to share our experiences with you and below have addressed the questions that were received in the webinar.

Q: Does the container size make a difference on the Maximum Acceptable lift weigh for lifts?  (the width of the arms to carry/transfer a container to a rack)

In terms of using the NIOSH Lifting Equation, the width of the handles or distance between the arms is not considered when assessing the risk to the back.  However, using other assessment tools that take into account all body parts (such as Humantech’s BRIEF™), you will see an increased risk due to awkward postures at the elbows and shoulders and potentially even higher risk if the load is handled for a significant amount of time (increasing exposure or duration).

Q: Which assessment tool do you use to analyze one hand lifting?

The American Conference of Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) publishes the Lifting: Threshold Limit Values (TLV’s) tables on their website.  Each value depends on the frequency of the lift, the direction the force is applied, and the posture in which the person is lifting in.  These tables can be downloaded for purchase here.

Many folks were seeking specific solutions and product info. The top three requested items were:

* Wheel Chocks with Handles –   Checkers Industrial Safety Products

* Safety Knife on Lanyard – Grainger

* Wearable Scanner – Motorola

If you have any other ideas to make the warehouse more ergonomic, please share them with us. And thanks again for attending!