Ergonomics: Grocery Store Stocking

Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Retail Grocery Stores

Ergonomic principles apply to employees who perform stocking tasks at grocery stores.

• Keep cases close to the body when lifting and carrying in order to reduce stress to the back.

• Use thermal gloves when stocking frozen foods. Cold temperatures can reduce circulation, causing stress on the hands. If pricing, use a glove with textured fingertips to wipe frost from frozen foods.

• Use knee pads when stocking low shelves for long periods of time. This reduces the stress on the knees and legs when kneeling.

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• Use a step stool to reach items on the top of pallets or on high shelves.

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• Use a kneeler or stool when working at low shelves for long periods of time. This reduces stress on the knees and legs when squatting and kneeling.

• Rotate stocking tasks to avoid prolonged kneeling, squatting, and overhead reaching.

• Use a cart to move items from the pallet to the shelving or case where they are stocked.

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Updated on: 12/10/09
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Ergonomics: Stocking Shelves and Moving Products

Helpful ergonomic solutions for grocery store workers whose jobs include stocking tasks.
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