Man lifting heavy sacks

Moving from manual handling to machine aided handling in pharma & chemical

ATEX lifting solutions, Chemical, Cleanroom lifting solutions, Manufacturing

Ergonomic material handling does not only result in less work-related injuries and improved health & safety amongst the workers, but it can also increase overall productivity and efficiency. Safe material handling is essential in the pharmaceutical and chemical context as well as meeting the needs of cleanroom and ATEX areas.

First of all, why do we talk about pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing together? Even though the manufacturing environments differ greatly, with pharma being extremely clean and sanitary while the chemical environment is often rough and dirty, the material handling problems are often very similar.

One of the most frequent ergonomic problems in pharma and chemical manufacturing is manual handling of loads.

Examples of common manual handling problems in pharma and chemical industries include: (learn more in our free webinar)

  • Loading and emptying of bags
  • Lifting and transport of drums & barrels
  • Handling and transportation of containers and rolls

Man lifting heavy sacks

 

Ergonomics propose different solutions to reduce or eliminate material handling problems, one of the main solutions are assisted lifting devices.

Productive benefits of ergonomic material handling

Using machine aided handling generally results in less work-related injuries and better health amongst the employees. Another beneficial effect of improved ergonomics is that by enhancing the design of the work environment, it can also generate increased efficiency and productivity.

Main productive benefits of ergonomic material handling:

  • Decrease in accidents and injuries
  • Optimization of methods and times
  • Increased productivity 
  • Quality improvement (error reduction)
  • Cost reduction
  • Benefits for the worker including improved health and quality of life
  • Increased motivation and concentration

Assisted lifting devices usually require assistance or accompaniment of the worker to guide the load from origin to destination. Some lifting aids can be fully integrated to the structure of the work environment (for example vacuum lifters, hoists) while some can be portable or mobile (for example trolleys, mobile cranes).

Man lifting drums with lifting aids

In the pharma and chemical context the central element is about material handling and doing it in a safe way. Loads must be moved or handled with caution, while keeping the pace. Another important factor to consider is of course the need of ATEX and stainless steel systems that can comply with sanitary regulations. So, what solutions are available?

Join our webinar on May 27t to learn more.

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