Profession materials handler

Materials handlers execute the handling and storage of materials through activities such as loading, unloading and moving articles in a warehouse or storage room. They work according to orders to inspect materials and provide documentation for the handling of items. Materials handlers also manage inventory and ensure the safe disposal of waste.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Products coding system

    Packaging codes and markings required to implement proper handling procedures for goods.

  • Inventory management rules

    The specific principles and techniques used in order to determine the approapriate level of inventory required.

Skills

  • Stack goods

    Stack goods and manufactured products into containers without special treatment or procedure.

  • Sort waste

    Manually or automatically sort waste by separating it into its different elements.

  • Use warehouse marking tools

    Label containers and container tags or products; use warehouse marking and labelling tools.

  • Load pallets

    Ability to load and unload pallets on vehicles in a safe way.

  • Inspect construction supplies

    Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.

  • Use different communication channels

    Make use of various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the purpose of constructing and sharing ideas or information.

  • Manage warehouse inventory

    Manage warehouse inventory and control storage and movement of warehouse goods. Monitor transactions such as shipping, receiving and putaway.

  • Operate warehouse record systems

    Operate systems for recording product, packaging, and order information in specific formats and types of record.

  • Maintain physical condition of warehouse

    Develop and Implement new warehouse layouts in order to maintain facilities in good working order; issue work orders for repair and replacement operations.

  • Secure goods according to work orders

    Fasten bands around stacks or articles, prior to shipment or storage.

  • Pick orders for dispatching

    Pick orders in warehouses destined for dispatching, ensuring that correct numbers and types of goods are loaded and dispatched. Tag and mark product items as requested.

  • Maintain stock control systems

    Keep stock control systems up to date and ensure inventory accuracy.

  • Implement efficiency plans for logistics operations

    Implement efficiency plans developed by managers in facilities. Use techniques, resources, and training in order to improve workplace efficiency.

  • Dispose of non-hazardous waste

    Dispose of waste materials which pose no risk to health and safety in a manner which complies with recycling and waste management procedures.

  • Dispatch order processing

    Pack and deliver the packed goods to a shipping carrier.

  • Process incoming construction supplies

    Receive incoming construction supplies, handle the transaction and enter the supplies into any internal administration system.

  • Load heavy items on pallets

    Use lifting equipment and machines to stack weighty products such as stone slabs or bricks on portable platforms so that they can be stored and moved.

  • Follow stock control instructions

    Stack items according to the stock control instructions received.

  • Operate warehouse materials

    Be able to operate pallet jack and similar motorised warehouse equipment, for loading and storage purposes.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

Optional knowledge and skills

clean warehouse road transport legislation assemble goods check compatibility of materials safety regulations for warehouses transport construction supplies handle fragile items hazardous materials transportation order construction supplies use barcode scanning equipment pack goods drive vehicles operate gps systems follow written instructions calculate needs for construction supplies freight transport methods dispose of hazardous waste