Material Handling Checklist

Use the Material Handling Checklist to ensure efficient and safe handling of materials, covering safety protocols and equipment checks for best practices.

Material Handling Checklist



Job Design

1. Are jobs designed to minimize manual material handling when possible?


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2. Are mechanical lifting devices, such as forklifts, hoists, cranes, and block and tackle, utilized when possible?


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3. Are manual lifting and carrying devices, including dollies, hand trucks, pry bars, and hooks, available and kept in good condition?


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4. Is the use of materials and equipment that are easy to lift and carry, such as bricks with handholds or fiberglass ladders, prioritized when possible?


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5. Is there a consistent effort to use materials and equipment that are easy to lift and carry, like bricks with handholds or fiberglass ladders?


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6. Are materials ordered in small, light quantities (e.g., 3-foot drywall or small packages of cement) when possible?


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7. Are lifting tasks divided among workers to minimize repetitive lifting?


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8. Are heavy materials that must be lifted manually stored off the ground, no lower than knee height, to limit lifting height and reduce pressure on the spine?


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9. Are heavy materials stored in locations where there is enough space to lift them safely, without reaching or twisting?


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10. Is there an ongoing effort to design jobs to minimize manual material handling whenever possible?


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11. Are mechanical devices or team lifting techniques employed for heavy loads whenever possible?


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12. Do workers plan the lifting and carrying of heavy objects, including identifying resting points if necessary, before starting the task?


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13. Do workers use the correct grip, test the load before lifting, and lift and hold the load close to the body when handling heavy objects?


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14. Are loads lifted and lowered gradually to ensure safe handling?


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15. Is there a consistent effort to use mechanical devices or team lifting techniques for heavy loads whenever possible?


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16. Are workers encouraged to "warm up" at the start of each shift and take regular stretch breaks?


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Training

1. Did workers receive training about all identified lifting hazards on the job?


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2. Have workers undergone training in safe lifting techniques?


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Work Practices

1. Are materials consistently delivered as close as possible to where they will be used?


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2. Are loads split up to reduce weight?


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3. Are walkways deliberately kept clear to facilitate the use of material handling devices like carts and dollies?


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