Materials Handling

50 Meeting Kits | 2 Safety Videos | 2 Online Courses | 19 Safety Quizzes | 46 Fatality Reports | 54 Articles & Expert Guidance Tips


Manual materials handling operations are common in most workplace settings, including healthcare, municipalities, restaurant locations, manufacturing and more.

The statistics show that 25% of workers will experience some type of injury from lifting, pushing/pulling, carrying/holding, or resisting some type of load. By law, employers are required to provide adequate training to workers where there is a risk of injury from handling materials.

SafetyNow’s training material is compliant and explores the common causes and concerns of MSDs. It also introduces safe work procedures for materials handling in the workplace without injuries.

Meeting Kits

Stack Materials Safely

Materials handling is a part of just about every job. That’s why it’s important for everyone to understand the basics of how to move and stack materials safely.

Whether you are shifting file boxes around in the storage room, or shuttling crates around with a forklift, many of the same basic principles apply.

First, don’t lift and carry more than you can safely handle. If in doubt, get help — from another person or from a mechanical aid such as a hand truck.

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Materials On The Move

Transporting loads of materials is an important job in many workplaces – and sometimes dangerous job.

Whether you are moving goods with a motor vehicle, or lifting them manually in the warehouse, you need to take care to prevent accidents and injuries.

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Handling Materials Safely

Material stacking is what we do when we clean our closets, fill our cupboards with groceries, or stack our tools in the garden shed.

It’s also something we do whenever we place one object on top of another object while at work. Unlike building a house of cards that can be flattened with just a puff of air, stacking materials at work should make a stable and secure structure that’s more resistant.

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It's All Material

Just about any job requires some materials handling work. Safely storing and moving materials – anything from boxes of printer paper to construction steel – is likely to be part of your work day.

So let’s review some of the basics of materials handling safety.

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Work Safely Around Cranes

A crane rigger, whose job involved assisting a tower-crane operator with moving material, was fatally crushed by nearly two tons of building material that slipped out of a lifting sling. The sling was being used to move concrete forms when the load suddenly shifted and fell out of the sling onto the 27-year-old worker.

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Safety Videos

How To Comply with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Safety Video

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international approach to hazard communication, providing agreed criteria for classification of chemical hazards and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets. This program is an explanation of how to comply, without changing your entire HAZCOM program.

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WHMIS 2015 Safety Video

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, or WHMIS, was launched in 1988 and was recently updated to WHMIS 2015. It now incorporates new, global standards for hazard communication. In this video, we’ll look at what WHMIS is, pictograms, safety data sheets, what the changes are for WHMIS 1988 to WHMIS 2015,  and how to safely use all of this information.

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Online Courses

Hazardous Materials Management, Basic

Hazardous materials can be dangerous. However, they can also be very useful. Hazardous materials are used in manufacturing, service industries and many other applications. To protect the people who transport these substances and the public at large, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has created a hazardous materials classification system Learners who successfully complete this course will demonstrate knowledge of how to identify general definitions related to the DOT’s hazardous materials classification. This course is designed for workers that, during the execution of any job duties, are required to work with or around hazardous materials. Additional training is available if employees require more comprehensive training over the Hazardous Materials Table.

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Hazardous Materials Management, Explosives

Explosives are high energy materials which chemically react to form an extremely rapid release of gas and energy. An explosive is defined as any chemical compound, mixture, or device that creates an instantaneous release of gas and heat. Learners who successfully complete this course should be able to identify the characteristics and the subdivisions of Class 1 explosive materials. This course is designed for employees who will need to recognize the hazardous properties of Class 1 explosive materials. Employers may also be interested in the Basic HAZMAT Management course if an employee is not familiar with the Hazardous Materials Table.

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