A new, 24-page downloadable booklet from NIOSH employs illustrations to show how and where employees in a retail setting could use mechanical assist devices to lift, push, or pull heavy materials.

According to NIOSH, manual material handling injuries, or overexertion injuries, account for 60 percent of the injuries and lost work in some types of retail business.

The booklet was inspired by a NIOSH/CalOSHA booklet, Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling (2007-131), NIOSH stated. The new document was published in response to a recognized need by members of the NORA Wholesale and Retail Trade Sector for informational materials showing interventions in work settings that were familiar to employers and employees.

Read entire article: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2015-100/