Manual Materials Handling Strategies and Design for Ergonomic Success

  • Room: Champagne 2
  • Session Number: WS9
Tuesday, August 22, 2017: 1:15 PM - 3:45 PM


Kevin Costello
United States Ergonomics


Designing manual materials handling (MMH) jobs to optimize productivity and reduce ergonomic risks and fatigue is a goal for any warehouse, manufacturing, assembly or healthcare workplace. A thorough understanding of the biomechanics and physiologic principles of proper MMH techniques is necessary to balance work demands. You’ll be given ergonomic specifications and guidelines, as well as simple tools and methods for quantifying and prioritizing MMH risk.

Learning Objectives

Review techniques for establishing effective work and recovery periods
Calculate the effects of heat, humidity and cold on human MMH capacity