Material Handlers (7452)
The following characteristics concern the occupation of
Material Handlers (Equipment Operators) (7452.2)
Material handlers (equipment operators) handle, move, load and unload materials by using a variety of material handling equipment.
Note: The codes in brackets and under the Aptitudes heading are for career development specialists. Under the Interests heading, the code is in upper or lower case letters depending on the degree of importance.
Objective persons enjoy working with tools, equipment, instruments and machinery. They like to repair and/or fabricate things from various materials according to specifications and using established techniques. Objective persons are interested in finding out how things operate and how they are built.
Methodical persons like to have clear rules and organized methods to guide their activities. They prefer working under the direction or supervision of others according to given instructions, or to be guided by established policies and procedures. Methodical persons like to work on one thing until it is completed. They enjoy following a set routine and prefer work that is free from the unexpected.
Innovative persons like to explore things in depth and arrive at solutions to problems by experimenting. They are interested in initiating and creating different ways to solve questions and present information. They enjoy scientific subjects. Innovative persons prefer to be challenged with new and unexpected experiences. They adjust to change easily.
Near and far vision (V3)
Some work activities involve the monitoring of processes, objects or situations in the work environment that are far from the worker. Other work activities involve Near vision (2).
Not relevant (C0)
Colour discrimination is not relevant in the performance of the work.
Hearing is limited to short and/or infrequent verbal interactions in order to perform the work.
Other body positions (B4)
Work activities involve body postures other than, or in addition to, Sitting (1) and Standing and/or walking (2) such as bending, stooping, kneeling and crouching.
Multiple limb co-ordination (L2)
Work activities are carried out by co-ordinating the movements of upper limb(s) simultaneously with lower limb(s).
Work activities involve handling loads between 10 kg and 20 kg.
Identifying the obvious functional, structural or compositional characteristics (in terms of similarity with, or difference from, established standards) of data, people and things.*
Not significant (P8)
Operating - Manipulating (C4)
Using the body, tools or special devices to operate equipment or move, guide, install and place objects or materials. Requires a significant combination of motor co ordination and manual and finger dexterity. Involves some latitude for judgment with regard to precision and selection of appropriate tool, object or material.
Regulated inside climate (L1)
A normal controlled environment such as an office, hospital or school.
Unregulated inside climate (L2)
An inside work environment where the temperature or humidity may be considerably different from normal room conditions. In some groups, the nature of the duties affects the temperature or humidity of the work environment.
An outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to variations in weather conditions and seasonal weather patterns.
In a vehicle or cab (L4)
An interior space in any form of vehicle or in the cab of heavy equipment operated by the worker.
Dangerous chemical substances (H1*)
Exposure to any chemical that may endanger health through inhalation, absorption or ingestion, contact with skin or eyes, or any chemical with the potential for fire or explosion. Substances may be in forms such as solids, liquids, gases, aerosols or particles.
Equipment, machinery, tools (H3)
Working near or with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools that may be a potential source of accident or injury.
Work that produces sufficient noise - constant or intermittent - to cause marked distraction or possible loss of hearing.
Work that produces an oscillating or quivering motion of the body.
* Environmental conditions
For some occupations in this group, Hazards H1 (Dangerous chemical substances) may also apply.