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OSHA Materials Handling and Storage

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Online Training Certification Course 29 CFR 1910 Subpart N - 29 CFR 1926 Subpart H

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This course presents an overview of the proper handling and storage of materials, including general and specific safety measures to avoid injuries. Each of these actions poses hazards, the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations provides guidelines and components necessary to manage, handle, move, and store materials safely.

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What are the governing regulations?
This online material handling safety training and certification course follows the regulations set forth in OSHA 29 CFR § 1926 Subpart H Materials Handling, Storage, Use, and Disposal as well as OSHA 29 CFR § 1910 Subpart N Materials Handling and Storage Safety Standards for the Construction and General Industry.

Who must take this training?
This course presents an overview of the proper handling and storage of materials. Every worksite has materials that pose risks when being handled, moved, lifted, or stacked. Materials are necessary for day-to-day operations, and their proper handling and storage is a critical component of an efficient workspace. Whether it be lumber, bricks, pipes, liquids, or other materials, all work operations require raw materials of some sort. Part of normal work operations includes moving these materials to the appropriate place at the worksite, removing excess materials, and storing materials.

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Click to Learn More What are the consequences of not training?

Case Study: In New York in 2018, a worker was renovating a building when he was struck by debris that fell from a trash chute. The chute had become clogged with waste materials at the third-floor level; two workers (including the victim) went inside the dumpster at the end of the chute in order to clear the debris. It took the combined efforts of local police officers, firefighters, and paramedics to free the victim, who was then taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

Key Takeaway: Recognize the many dangers related to trash chutes. The OSHA standard focused on workers being struck by falling debris, but this unfortunate incident is a reminder that chutes pose other dangers, such as being clogged and collapsing.

Click to Learn More What people are saying about this course.

Course was informative about safety, responsibilities, and specifics about vehicles and storage. This will help to place an emphasis on an area of concern. Thank You.
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Click to Learn More Course topics.

Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • About this course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to Materials Handling and Storage Safety
    • Key Terms
    • Hazards Related to Materials Storage and Handling
  • General Safety Requirements
    • Ergonomics
    • Fire Safety
    • Aisles and Passageways
    • Training and Education
    • Proper Lifting Techniques
  • Moving, Stacking, and Storing Materials
    • Before Moving, Handling and Storing Materials
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Blocking Materials
    • Mechanical Equipment
    • Stacking and Storing with Powered Equipment
  • Equipment (Conveyors, Cranes, Slings, and Trucks)
    • Safety Measures Related to Conveyors
    • Safety Measures Related to Cranes
    • Safety Measures Related to Slings
    • Industrial Trucks - Safety Measures Related to Industrial Trucks
    • Industrial Trucks - Design
    • Industrial Trucks - Modifications
    • Industrial Trucks - Designations D and E
    • Industrial Trucks - Designations G and L
    • Industrial Trucks - Unsafe Working Conditions
    • Industrial Trucks - Flammable Vapors or Dusts in Working Conditions
    • Industrial Trucks - Operating and Maintaining
    • Industrial Trucks - Hazards Related to Batteries
    • Industrial Trucks - Operating and Maintaining Battery-Charging Stations
    • Industrial Trucks - Training Requirements
  • Rights and Responsibilities
    • Employer Responsibilities - Equipment
    • Employee Rights
    • Employee Responsibilities
    • OSHA and Whistleblower Protection
  • Rigging Equipment
    • Slings
    • Alloy Steel Chains
    • End Attachments
    • Sling Inspections
    • Wire Rope Slings
    • Shackles and Hooks
    • Synthetic Webbing
    • Synthetic Webbing Environmental Conditions
    • Splicing - Fiber Rope Slings
    • Splicing - Rope Sling Splices
    • Rigging Equipment - Safe Operating Temperatures
    • Rigging Equipment - Removal from Service
  • Storage
    • General Guidelines
    • General Guidelines - Bricks and Blocks
    • General Guidelines - Lumber
    • Housekeeping
    • Dockboards
  • Disposal of Waste Materials
    • Disposal of Waste Materials at an Elevation - Chutes
    • Disposal of Waste Materials - Holes
    • Disposal of Waste Materials - Scrap Items
    • Disposal of Waste Materials - Flammable Items and Items to Burn
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Final Exam
Click to Learn More Course format.

Our OSHA Materials Handling Safety course consists of content, graphics, audio, self check (non-scored) questions, and a final exam.

Click to Learn More How long is the course?

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this OSHA Materials Handling Safety Training online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

Click to Learn More How long do I have to complete this course?

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.

Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Click to Learn More How often is retraining or recertification required?

This materials handling safety training course covers various OSHA regulations and re-training requirements differ for each. It is important to note these differences and comply with OSHA's recommendations.

In reference to 29 CFR 1910.178 through 1910.184 Subpart N retraining must occur when the following applies.

  • The operator has been observed to operate the vehicle in an unsafe manner
  • The operator has been involved in an accident or near-miss incident
  • The operator has received an evaluation that reveals that the operator is not operating the truck safely
  • The operator is assigned to drive a different type of truck; or
  • A condition in the workplace changes in a manner that could affect safe operation of the truck.
  • An evaluation of each powered industrial truck operator's performance shall be conducted at least once every three years.

    If this standard does not apply OSHA references OSH Act general duty clause, section 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) which defines that:

    (a) Each employer -

    (1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.

    A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer's industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.
    Click to Learn More How soon is the certificate of completion issued?

    Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable Material Handling Safety Training certificate and wallet card.

    Click to Learn More Continuing education credits?

    Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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