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OSHA & Ergonomic Information

The following websites have been helpful to Cardinal Conveyor in bringing our sales and engineering staff the information necessary to correctly apply the ergonomic equipment that we promote and sell. The information ranges from regulations, statistics, manuals, testimonials and much more on the subject of ERGONOMICS. We hope this page will lessen your search time and help you improve safety and productivity at your facility.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, April 13, 2000

Bureau of Labor search results for MSDS statistics

“Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling”

The CDC on Ergonomics

The above websites are courtesy of Trotter Terry, an ergonomics/safety leader in North Carolina.   

He also shared with us the following improvements that he focuses on:

  • Hand Grip Force should be less than 25 lbs.
  • Pinch Grip Force should be less than 7.5 lbs.
  • Anything that requires you to bend your wrist frequently is at a high risk for carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Turning the palm fully up or down is at a high risk for carpel tunnel syndrome as well. (ex: using a screwdriver, threading gauges)
  • Reaching/Shoulder injury risks are considered to be anything where the elbow extends above the shoulder or extends away from the body.
  • Manipulators or hoists should be used for lifting anything in the range of 35 to 51lbs and most certainly anything over 51 lbs.
  • Push or pull forces should be less than 45 lbs. (ex: carts, wrenches)
  • Pushing with fingers or thumbs will put the operator at risk
  • When bending at the torso is present, adjustable platforms should be used to correct this.
  • For workers who stand on concrete often, floor mats should be used
  • For operators using vibrating tools, gloves should be worn to reduce the risk of injury.

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