EASE Council Publishes Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Materials Handling by ProQuest


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                        WORKER SAFETY                                           other chemical unless adequate engineering con-
                        EASE Council Publishes                                  trols are in place and PPE is used,” says CI Vice
                                                                                President Shane Fast. “Accidental mixing may
                        Ergonomic Guidelines for                                cause dangerous conditions that could result in
                        Manual Materials Handling                               injury to people and damage to property or the
                            Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment              environment.”
                             (EASE) Industry Group of the Material Han-            The chart addresses incompatible materials such
                             dling Industry of America (MHIA) has pub-          as acids and acidic compounds; chemicals and
                              lished the 68-page Ergonomic Guidelines for       cleaning compounds containing ammonia; organic
                              Manual Material Handling. The book is the result chemicals and chemical compounds; metals; hydro-
                               of a partnership between EASE, Cal/OSHA,         gen peroxide; reducing agents; and oxidizing
                               CNA Insurance Cos. and NIOSH.                    agents. The chart also mentions that sodium hypo-
                                   The guidelines focus on high-risk materials chlorite should not
                                handling tasks and describe ways to reduce      be exposed directly
                                 their physical demands such as:                to sunlight or ultra-
                                    •eliminating lifting from the floor and     violet light. Fast
                                  using simple transport devices such as carts  says that accidental
                                  or dollies;                                   mixing may occur
                                     •using lift-assist devices such as scissor in drains, sinks,
           The ergo-    lift tables, load levelers or industrial tilters;       warehouse storage
nomic guidelines for        •using equipment such as powered stackers,          units and contain-
  materials handling    manipulators, hoists, cranes or vacuum assist devices; ment systems. “The
   focus on high-risk       •using vertical or horizontal carousels to elimi-   chart covers the
  tasks and ways to     nate walking and carrying loads;                        more common industrial chemicals where incom-
reduce their physical       •selecting equipment based on analysis of work- patible mixing can occur, and explains briefly the
           demands.     stations and work flow.                                 potential hazards that can result. It is intended pri-
                            The document is available as a free download        marily for industrial sodium hypochlorite users,”
                        (after creating an online account with MHIA) at         he says.
                        www.mhia.org/bookstore.                                    To view the chart, visit www.cholrineinstitute
                                                                                .org, click on “About Chemical Stewardship,” then
                        MINE SAFETY                                             from the drop-down menu select “Sodium Hypo-
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