This topic covers OSHA’s general industry regulations for the handling of heavy or bulky materials, including loading and unloading. This includes both the use of mechanized equipment and non-powered material handling aids, such as hand trucks. Information about warehousing practices, including OSHA requirements for safe housekeeping, can also be found here.
Because handling heavy and bulky materials can be risky and lead to injury if not done properly, OSHA regulates material handling practices in 29 CFR 1910, Subpart N. Some types of equipment, such as forklifts and cranes, are covered under separate regulations. Regardless of the type of equipment, most material handling rules include requirements for safe operating procedures, training, maintenance, and inspections.
For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:
Also see BLR’s Warehouse Safety resource center for a collection of training materials and other essential resources to keep your workers safe.