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Ergonomic Safety Standards for Manual Material Handling: A Global Phenomenon

The United States is unique among industrialized nations in its approach to ergonomics legislation. Many employers abroad are legally compelled to protect workers from the risks of injury associated with manual material handling. Although, in the U.S., the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is left to correct the most egregious ergonomic violations with the General Duty Clause of the… Continue Reading

Keeping Up with Turkey’s Changing Occupational Health and Safety Laws in Warehouse Applications

Laws governing health and safety for workers are evolving quickly in Turkey. In 2014, a series of tragic accidents in Turkish mines galvanized public opinion, increasing pressure for binding regulations designed to prevent workplace injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health (III) National Policy Document and Action Plan introduced a flurry of new requirements, and as Turkish employers enter the third… Continue Reading

How OSHA Uses the NIOSH Lifting Equation to Address Ergonomic Hazards in Manual Material Handling Tasks

Anyone who has a question about a workplace safety standard issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can go straight to the source for answers. The agency regularly publishes Standard Interpretations, which are responses to the letters they receive asking for clarification on a particular regulation. In 2015, OSHA published 67 of these letters; between January and May… Continue Reading

How to Save on Investments in Battery Handling Equipment in Indonesia

The logistics market in Indonesia is on the rise. According to the Indonesian Logistics Association (ALI), the nation will see double-digit growth for the industry in 2016. That means Indonesia will need many more warehouses and distribution centers, which, in turn, will drive a dramatic increase in demand for electric forklifts and battery handling equipment, as well as more traditional… Continue Reading

OSHA Regulations Don’t Cover Ergonomics — But That Doesn’t Mean They Can’t Issue Fines for Ergonomic Violations

Rosemary Stewart of Elida, Ohio, was convinced that her employers were asking too much. She was frequently required to lift heavy loads, and she didn’t have access to Lift Tables or other material handling equipment. Some of these loads weighed up to 100 pounds, and Stewart rightly worried about the potential for injury. Surely there must be some kind of… Continue Reading

What Warehouse Managers Can Learn From Turkey’s World OSH Day 2016 Symposium

On 28 April 2016, Turkish citizens celebrated World Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Day for the second time in that nation’s history. Turkey’s participation in this international day of education and awareness-building reflects the efforts of a coalition of industries, workers, and government agencies to improve workplace health and safety throughout the nation. In a statement celebrating the event, Numan… Continue Reading

BHS Global, Ltd. To Present at CeMAT Australia 2016

July 1, 2016 – Melbourne, Australia – Battery Handling Systems Global, Ltd., a leading international provider of forklift battery handling and warehouse equipment, will exhibit select products at CeMAT Australia, the nation’s largest trade show for the material handling and logistics industries. The event takes place 12-14 July 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. From their outpost in Stand D40 of the convention hall, BHS Global staff will interact with industry partners from Australia and around the world. Chuck Ray, a representative of BHS Global, will join a BHS dealer, Battery Asia, to explain the benefits of dedicated battery handling equipment. “We really want to let Australia know how important battery handling equipment is,” said Katy Cortinovis, Marketing… Continue Reading