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Survey on Safe Manual Material Handling


Members are invited to participate in an online survey that aims to identify Manual Material Handling (MMH) implementation barriers and facilitators. This questionnaire is part of the research study being conducted by the researchers at the University of New Brunswick. It should take approximately 15-20 mins to complete the survey.

The purpose of the research is to develop a strategy to improve the implementation of safe MMH practice by understanding the gap between evidence-based ergonomics knowledge and practices to reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). This study aims to identify and understand perceived barriers and facilitators to implementing safe MMH work practices adherence from regulations/standards to training for safe MMH work practices to individual behaviours to prevent WMSDs.

Survey questions are based on the information gained through semi-structured interviews conducted with the targeted population (i.e., managers, supervisors, ergonomics and OHS practitioners, and regulators from the provincial compensation boards) to examine perceived barriers and facilitators and to inform critical thinking that will enable the researcher to begin developing appropriate strategies to enhance the adoption of ergonomics practices.

Participation in this survey is voluntary. You may decline to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer and you can withdraw your participation at any time by not submitting your responses without consequences.

Any information that you provide will be confidential. All of the data will be summarized and no individual could be identified from the summarized results. The data, with no personal identifiers, collected from this study will be maintained on a password-protected computer database in a restricted access area of the university. Additionally, the data will be electronically archived after completion of the study and may be made available anonymously as part of the scientific publication process.

Why am I being invited to participate?
To gain insight into the facilitators and barriers to implementing MMH ergonomic approaches into practice, it is important to hear from individuals who have different responsibilities related to ergonomic delivery in the workplace. Various stakeholders including managers, supervisors, ergonomics and OHS practitioners, and regulators from the provincial compensation boards are invited to respond to obtain various perspectives nationally.

Take the Survey

For questions about the study, please contact the researcher, Mehboob Reza (