Materials Handling, Storage, Use, and Disposal Training for Employees

Knowing how to properly handle materials manually or with the help of mechanical equipment keeps workers safe and productive at work.

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    Better everyday decisions

    When workers are aware of the potential physical consequences of mishandling materials, they make better decisions and assess their options to minimize the risk to themselves and those around them.

    Materials Handling covers these topics and more:

    • What is materials handling
    • Types of materials handling equipment
    • Hazards associated with materials handling (environmental, chemical and physical)
    • How to handle common types of hazardous waste
    • Hazards associated with materials handling and how to avoid them
    • Employer requirements to protect workers from materials handling hazards

    Importance of Materials Handling

    Materials handling can be dangerous if workers are not trained to handle materials safely. US companies pay over $12.6 billion in worker compensation claims annually due to overexertion and other injuries caused by mishandling materials.

    Educating workers on how to safely handle different types of materials should be part of all organizations’ safety policies and procedures. Clear safety procedures, training and ongoing safety assessments can help employers reduce the likelihood of workplace incidents and the severity of potential injuries.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends employers establish a formal training program to educate employees on how to safely move materials manually or with the aid of mechanical equipment, such as cranes, derricks, hoists, powered industrial trucks and conveyors, to help prevent potential risks.

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    How Materials Handling Training Works

    Traliant’s Materials Handling, Storage, Use and Disposal training is a 35-minute course explaining how to smartly and safely lift heavy objects to prevent back sprains, muscle pulls, wrist injuries, elbow injuries and avoid other serious hazards posed by materials handling equipment.

    This course aligns with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recommendations to focus materials handling training on reducing the dangers of lifting, avoiding physical stress and strain, awareness around materials handling equipment and how to recognize and prevent potential materials handling hazards.

    The Traliant difference

    Our modern, interactive approach to online compliance training combines up-to-date content and eLearning strategies and technology to raise awareness, motivate positive behavior and foster respectful, inclusive workplaces. Traliant courses are mobile-optimized for access on any device and can be customized to reflect your organization’s industry, policies, culture and branding.

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    Following safe material handling practices to avoid injuries caused by heavy lifting, repetitive motions, and machinery helps employers meet OSHA’s requirement to create a safe workplace for employees.

    Help your employees make the right decisions, at the right moments

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