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MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING 10 315-002-01-IGDO © 2019, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) 1 877 494 WSPS (9777) | 905 614 1400 | Maintenance Establish a preventive maintenance program, with input from equipment manufacturers, to ensure that the following is completed on a regular basis: cleaning of wheels and bearings on hand carts and other mechanical aids lubricating as necessary replacing worn and defective wheels and casters checking that all mechanical aids work efficiently Training Traditional training has focused on proper lifting methods and safe work procedures. More recently, workplaces have introduced fitness and back education approaches. In combination with job and workplace design changes, these approaches are effective in preventing accidents and injuries. On the job demonstrations and practice sessions are the best methods of training. Cover basic manual material handling procedures, and the proper use of mechanical aids and techniques. Regularly reinforce the proper techniques to ensure their continued use. The objectives of material handling training are to teach the worker: 1. How to identify hazardous loads 2. The proper selection and use of mechanical handling aids 3. Safe postures and manual lifting techniques to minimize risk 4. Strategies to apply techniques when job demands change © Workplace Safety & Prevention Services 2019. Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) grants permission to approved end users to reproduce this document in whole or in part, provided its intended use is for non-commercial, educational purposes and that full acknowledgement is given to the WSPS. Approved end users are firms registered with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. WSPS reserves the right to extend this permission to other stakeholders and interested parties by express written permission upon application. WSPS extends no warranty to materials amended or altered by the end user. Under no circumstances is this document, or any portion thereof, to be duplicated for purposes of sale or for external reproduction or distribution. (Sample WSPS acknowledgement, "Reproduced or adapted from name of solution with permission of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, Mississauga, Ontario.") The information contained in this reference material is distributed as a guide only. It is generally current to the best of our knowledge as at the revision date, having been compiled from sources believed to be reliable and to represent the best current opinion on the subject. No warranty, guarantee, or representation is made by WSPS as to the absolute correctness or sufficiency of any representation contained in this reference material. WSPS assumes no responsibility in connection therewith; nor can it be assumed that all acceptable safety measures are contained in this reference material, or that other or additional measures may not be required in particular or exceptional conditions or circumstances. Revised: October 2019 WSPS.CA

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