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Ergonomic solutions for retailers : prevention of material handling injuries in the grocery sector
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    October 2014
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    DHHS publication ; no. (NIOSH) 2015-100
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Ergonomic solutions for retailers : prevention of material handling injuries in the grocery sector
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    Disclaimer and training requirements -- Acknowledgments -- Ergonomic solutions for grocery retailers -- Manual material handling jobs in the retail grocery industry -- Unloading pallets from a trailer with a powered-pallet jack -- Place products on conveyor for transport to store -- Remove boxes from conveyor to handcart for sales floor -- Remove boxes from conveyor onto U-Boat for sales floor -- Unload pallet onto handcart for transport to sales floor -- Moving excess merchandise from a flat cart to storage rack -- Using a pallet stacker to move a loaded pallet to storage rack -- Using a pallet stacker to move excess merchandise to storage -- Using a vacuum lift to load or unload bags of material from a pallet -- Using a pallet jack to move boxes from back room to sales floor -- Using a stocking cart to place products on shelves -- Using stocking cart with a tilted container to stock small products -- Sources for preventing manual material handling injuries -- Sources for information from business/labor trade associations -- References.

    This booklet was designed for retailers and safety experts to illustrate the use of mechanical assist devices for reducing manual materials handling (MMH) injuries in retail grocery work. This booklet provides illustrations of employees in a retail grocery store using mechanical assist devices to perform material handling tasks. For each task, there are multiple devices that can be used. The types and numbers of such devices that are used in a retail business depend on the nature of the business and the type of work employees perform. The technology presented will also support a retailer's growing internet sales that depends on moving large quantities of merchandise in a short time span and often with fewer employees.

    Suggested citation: NIOSH [2014]. Ergonomic solutions for retailers: prevention of material handling injuries in the grocery sector. By Anderson VP. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2015-100.

    NIOSHTIC No. 20045301

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