Ergonomic Solutions for Retailers

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently released a
23-page booklet showing procedures employers can share with workers in grocery
stores to reduce the risk of strains and sprains when moving materials from the
delivery truck to the sales floor.

Ergonomic Solutions for Retailers uses a series of illustrations to show how
and where employees in a retail setting, such as a grocery store, would use
mechanical assist devices to lift, push or pull heavy materiall-job tasks that
can lead to musculoskeletal injuries. Manual material handling injuries, also
called overexertion injuries, account for 60 percent of the injuries and lost
work in select retail businesses.

Although this new publication focuses on the grocery sector, the easy-to-read
format can be adapted to other scenarios including for those working in
warehouse and storage facilities. The technology presented may also support a
retailer's growing Internet sales that depend on moving large quantities of
merchandise often with fewer employees.

More information - Source: Centre for Occupational Health and Safety