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SUPERVISOR WSPS.CA 130-BPS-11-IGOT © 2024, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) 1 877 494 WSPS (9777) | 905 614 1400 2 Key things to remember when organizing work: 1. Ensure workers have the physical space to position themselves safely for manual handling tasks without obstructions. Workers should be able to work in neutral position, without twisting the back and neck, or reaching far out from the body or overhead. 2. Review storage practices to ensure that materials are stored securely and can be removed and stored safely. The heaviest and most frequently accessed items should be stored between chest and thigh height so they can be accessed easily. Try to avoid storing heavy items on the highest and lowest shelves. 1 2 3. Ensure workers know how to lift materials safely, including understanding how to maintain neutral position and lift using their leg and glute muscles. Train workers on safe lifting techniques, monitor and reinforce safe lifting practices. 3

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