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A Guide to Manual Materials Handling and Back Safety

COURSE NO: Y02-003
A Guide to Manual Materials Handling and Back Safety
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides information on how to identify safe methods of lifting and moving materials and when to avoid lifting altogether. This course will cover various types of workplace lifting situations along with methods of safe lifting in different situations.


Manual materials handling (MMH) is a component of many jobs and activities. Typically, it involves lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling and carrying objects by hand and covers a wide range of situations including construction, office work, and daily living.


Manual materials handling, or MMH tasks, are encountered regularly on and off the job. The one thing that all MMH tasks have in common is the potential for injury, from simple cuts, bruises and sore muscles to more serious conditions related to low back pain (LBP). Almost half of all low back injuries are related to lifting, about another 10 percent are associated with pushing and pulling activities, and another 6 percent occur while holding, wielding, throwing or carrying materials. This course introduces the safe methods of handling and lifting and when to avoid lift altogether.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for engineers, architects, surveyors, contractors, and managers whose work involves manually lifting and moving materials, as well as others who are interested in learning about the proper approach to lifting and moving safely.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the different types of manual materials handling (MMH) and risk analysis
  • Learning about education and training for proper lifting
  • Understanding lifting hazard identification
  • Exploring knowledge of pushing, pulling and transporting loads on hand drawn transport devices
  • Gaining a general overview on hazard control prevention, and the effects of stretching and strengthening
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "A Guide to Manual Materials Handling and Back Safety” which is based on the document published by the N.C. Department of Labor titled “A Guide to Manual Materials Handling and Back Safety”.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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