Moving Stuff: Lessons from a Manual Material Handling Program



Webinar Description:

Creating, implementing and sustaining a manual materials handling (MMH) program brings with it tremendous opportunities and challenges. What are the legal requirements? Who wants the program? Who needs the program? What content needs to be in the program? How does the program get communicated? How is the program evaluated? How is the program going to be kept current and relevant?

This webinar will explore these questions and provide some lessons learned, and confess some remaining challenges, based on the experiences of bringing a MMH program to life in Alberta Health Services (AHS). With >100,000 workers, of which ~30% are required to perform MMH in their jobs on a regular basis, AHS offers a great case study from which to learn. This experience allows for the sharing of the successes and to explore feedback and opportunities for further development in MMH.


Presenter Bio:

Deborah Goodwin is passionate about ergonomics and the benefits that its application can yield at the individual micro level to the population macro level. Her foundational training in Human Kinetics with a minor in Psychology (H.B.Sc. from the University of Guelph) and Ergonomics (M.Sc. from Loughborough University, UK) has led to a career primarily in the healthcare industry for injury prevention. She is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE) with a LEED Green Associate credential and Change Management Certification.

Starting in 2012 Deborah had the opportunity to create a manual materials handling (MMH) program for Alberta Health Services (AHS). Since its inception, the Move Safe MMH Program has reached thousands of frontline workers, been adopted as a MMH control in hazard assessments, and continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the organization.