A grocery warehouse has three main functions:

  • Receive bulk goods from the supplier
  • Order picking desired goods within the warehouse
  • Ship goods to the customers.

This eTool* describes example ergonomic hazards and solutions with an emphasis on Traditional Order Picking, which accounts for a large number of musculoskeletal disorders. However, many of the examples are also applicable to the other types of Order Picking, such as Flow ThroughBelt Pick, and Cross Docking. Other areas addressed in this eTool are TransportStoragePackaging, and Work Practice.

See OSHA's Workers' Rights page for more information on rights and protections.

*eTools are web-based products that provide guidance information for developing a comprehensive safety and health program. They include recommendations for good industry practice that often go beyond specific OSHA mandates. As indicated in the disclaimer, eTools do not create new OSHA requirements.