Chapter 15

Human factors in materials handling

E.J. Skilling and C. Munro


Materials handling is a significant component of most chemical and process operations. It involves the receipt, storage, and transfer of raw materials, parts, and finished goods, as well as the disposal of materials and packaging. The methods and equipment are discussed from a human factors perspective, taking account of manual and mechanical methods of materials handling used within the industry. It identifies analysis and assessment methods to reduce risks associated with manual handling, as well as those used to optimize the efficiency of mechanical handling. Considerations are discussed for different types of mechanical handling equipment, including crane operations. ...

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