WEBINAR Updates and Extensions to Manual Materials Handling Assessment Tools

Earn .5 Contact Hour

Webinar – 
Part of the Summer Series Inaugural Event

Updates and Extensions to Manual Materials Handling Assessment Tools
July 21, 2020
2:00–2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time



Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the leading cause of non-fatal occupational injuries in the workplace, with upper-extremity and low back injuries being the most common and costing approximately $30,000 and $50,000 per incident, respectively. In the United States, MSDs cost $849 billion, which amounts to 7.7% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In North America they account for 30 to 50 percent of all occupational injuries.

Research suggests that forceful exertions from manual materials handling tasks (e.g., lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, and throwing) are a leading cause of workplace MSDs. Several MSD risk assessment tools have been developed to quantify and help reduce the level of risk associated with forceful exertions during manual materials handling. These include the Revised National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Lifting Equation, the Snook & Ciriello Psychophysical Tables for Manual Materials Handling Assessment, and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation/The Ohio State University (BWC/OSU) Biomechanical Push/Pull Guidelines.

During this presentation, updates to these MSD risk assessment tools will be provided, and the reliability and validity of these tools to prevent MSDs will be discussed.  

Learning Objectives

After participating in this webinar, attendees will learn:

  • Fundamental MSD risk assessment tools to use to quantify and reduce forceful exertions during materials handling tasks
  • Recent updates and extensions to improve the effectiveness of each MSD risk assessment tool
  • Validity and reliability of each MSD risk assessment tool


This webinar contains .5 contact hours and may be eligible for Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) CM credit. See the ABIH website (abih.org) for CM credit criteria. This webinar may also qualify for CSP recertification points. See the BCSP website (bcsp.org) for details. Participants seeking confirmation of attendance for the webinar from ACGIH® must attend the live webinar or view the archive and submit a final exam and evaluation. Certificates of Completion will be issued in a timely manner after receipt and completion of these items.

What is an ACGIH® Webinar?

ACGIH® is dedicated to providing quality, scientific, educational events. One method of doing this is to offer distance-learning webinars. A webinar, short for Web-based seminar, is a presentation, lecture, or seminar that is transmitted over the Internet. A key feature of a webinar is its interactive elements — the ability to give, receive and discuss information. Webinars are as effective as on-site presentations without the travel expense. This ACGIH® webinar is .5 hours in duration and consists of a live presentation given via the Internet with no option for call in audio.