UNIVERSITY MAIL MANAGERS ASSOCIATION. MAY 19 – 21 2004 UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI COLUMBIA MO. Ergonomics in the Workplace. Presented By John P. Golding Superintendent NVCC – P&DS. Prepared By: Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Workers’ Compensation.
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MAY 19 – 21 2004
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
John P. Golding
NVCC – P&DS
BUT As of this past April 4, 2003:
OSHA, in conjunction with the USPS and two (2) Postal Workers Unions have formed a joint task force on Ergonomics in postal operations at ten (10) test sites through the US
Upon the completion of the Joint Task Force project on Ergonomics in the USPS operations.
OSHA has a four-pronged comprehensive approach to ergonomics designed to quickly and effectively address Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in the workplace.
The four segments of OSHA’s strategy for reducing injuries and illnesses from MSDs in the workplace are:
National Advisory Committees
Outreach and Assistance
* Goes away with rest
* Gets worse while performing an activity.
* Gets better when the activity is avoided.
Ergonomics is the science of fitting the work environment to the capabilities of
POSTAL OPERATIONS: ( DAILY)
Receipt and processing of incoming US Mail.
1. Push & pull loaded and empty USPS 6 wheel canvas mail carts, 85 / 90# tare weight empty or loaded up to 450# from or to the receivingdock and postal center, distance of 50’
2. Lift mail tubs & trays (max 40#) up to out of canvas mail cart from height of 6”at the base to a height of 45” to clear the cart and load.
3. Carry the above mailtubs & trays to sort table place at height of 30”. Pick up out of the same mail carts cartons of books with a weights up 70#, place these cartons on the floor in the postal distribution staging area,.
4. Sort mail, twist, turn, reach, bend, stretch & toss mail from letters to books (3#) from tubs and trays on the sorting table into delivery tubs locatedon racks at three different heights. Bottom Row clearance height of distribution tubs:
DISTRIBUTION CENTER ERGO
1. Basic Receiving:
Open doors, set hydraulic dock leveler, obtain freight bill, secure required material handling
equipment for the type of load.
Hand Truck, Pallet Jack, Powered Pallet Jack or Forklift.
2. Palletized load:
Use stand-up forklift,requires use of both hands, right hand to operate controls, left & right hand to steer. and left foot on break pedal, must maneuver your head and body to see over, around or under the load to pick-up, maneuver, and secure the load into position orwarehouse operation area.
Use Power Pallet Jack, requires use of both hands to operate controls to pick-up, move and secure the load in the warehouse operation area.
Pallet Jack, same as above, but you must physically do the pushing or pulling of the jack and load, to move it from the delivering vehicle into the warehouse operations area.
3. Small Item Receiving:
UPS, FedEx, Vendors and other small deliveries. Stoop and check items presented.What are the Tasks?