IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

A Pedagogical Approach Based on Practical Exercises and Enhanced Feedback for Skills Improvement in Novice Handlers


The incidence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in manual materials handlers remains very high. A research program developed several years ago resulted in the development of an integrated prevention strategy combining two approaches: (1) reducing risk factors and (2) improving handlers’ skills through an understanding of eight rules of handling and through reflective practice.

According to the preliminary data from a study under way Implementation of an integrated prevention strategy for manual handling: Study of factors influencing the transfer of learning following trainer training), this strategy is highly appreciated by both trainers and employers because it is workplace-specific. The researchers nevertheless realized that it needed a pedagogical approach to facilitate the teaching and mastery of the principles of handling.

The aim of this project is to develop and test a pedagogical approach for improving training practices and helping novice handlers apply what they have learned on the job. In addition, trainers can use the teaching materials developed in this project to improve the training given to manual handlers.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2017-0019
Status: Ongoing