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Manual handling is defined as any activity requiring a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry, throw, move, restrain or hold any animate or inanimate object. Departments at Penn that involve significant manual handling include Facilities Services, Food Service, Housekeeping, Libraries, Mail Service, Nursing and ULAR. Those who perform manual handling tasks are at an increased risk of repetitive stress injuries.

The goal of this section is to provide information on safe manual handling techniques.

Manual Materials Handling training is available through Knowledge Link.  To access this web-based course, login to your Knowledge Link account and type "Materials Handling-EHRS" in the "Find Learning" search box.

If you have any questions please contact EHRS.

Childcare Ergonomics

Additional ergonomic training is now available in video format through Knowledge Link.  "Making It Fit-Improving Office Comfort" and "Protecting Your Back" can be accessed by typing the title into the "Find Learning" box on your Knowledge Link page. 

Childcare Ergonomics Training
Library Ergonomics

Additional ergonomic training is now available in video format through Knowledge Link.  "Making It Fit-Improving Office Comfort" and "Protecting Your Back" can be accessed by typing the title into the "Find Learning" box on your Knowledge Link page.

Library Ergonomics Training

Use your Penn Key and password to review the library ergonomics training presentation. 

Physical Plant Ergonomics

Ergonomic reference materials can be found below for specific physical plant workers.  If you have specific questions please contact us.

 

Additional ergonomic training is now available in video format through Knowledge Link.  "Making It Fit-Improving Office Comfort" and "Protecting Your Back" can be accessed by typing the title into the "Find Learning" box on your Knowledge Link page.