This course is designed to provide the participant with the necessary information and tools to be able to conduct in-house training on the techniques, and methods to proper lifting, lowering and carrying of materials, to prevent musculoskeletal and repetitive strain injuries.


This course will prepare you to train individuals in manual material handling, and will explore common causes and controls of MSD, and explore ways of introducing people and staff to safe working procedures in order to handle material in the workplace without injury. The term MSD is used collectively for a number of injuries and disorders of the muscles, tendons, nerves, etc. Other terms that mean the same include; repetitive strain injury (RSI), cumulative trauma disorder (CTD), work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WMSD), musculoskeletal injury (MSI, MSK), occupational overuse syndrome (OOS), and sprain and strain.

Manual material handling (MMH) operations can be found in most workplace settings, including industrial establishments and manufacturing facilities, offices, healthcare facilities and restaurant locations.

Statistics show that almost one in four workers will experience some form of injury as a result of lifting and lowering, pushing and pulling, carrying and holding, or resisting loads. In Ontario alone, musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) account for 50 per cent of all lost-time injuries and the numbers aren’t much better across the nation. Employers must provide adequate instruction where the handling of material by employees could result in and injury.

This course and program is designed around EKG’s own awareness training platforms and requires the participant to attend the prerequisite Adult Learning Train the Trainer program. End-User Material Handling training is also available.

This course is provided onsite for private groups. Final cost for private sessions is dependent on number of students, number of sessions, location, and timing.