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MMH - Work Space Layout

What are some important elements of a workplace layout?

Layout or organization of the work area which allows materials to be handled without excessive bending, twisting and stretching reduces injuries.

  • Have all materials at work level.
  • Use adjustable elements at the workplace.
Workbench with adjustable height and tilt improves working position
Workbench with adjustable height and tilt improves working position.
Self-adjusting platform automatically matches worker's height
Self-adjusting platform automatically matches worker's height.
  • Ensure that there is enough room to turn around to prevent twisting.
Ensure that there is enough room to turn around
  • Use adjustable supports or suspenders to operate heavy tools.
Tool suspender
Tool suspender reduces muscular effort and compression on the back.

Tool support
Tool support eliminates over-stretching and overreaching.
  • Use bins that allow easy access.
Side opening on bin
Lift-and-tilt device and side opening on bin reduces bending.

Document last updated on September 13, 2002
Document confirmed current on October 7, 2013

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