Tork found an opportunity to improve manual handling after research found cleaners were struggling to carry large cartons of hand towels. The Tork packaging designers’ brief was to make handling bulk hand towels easier and the result is Tork® Carry Packs™ for the popular Tork Xpress® Multifold H2 and Tork Ultraslim Multifold H4 hand towels. Made from recyclable PE-LD plastic, the carry packs are flexible but tough and feature handles that make it easy to carry two packs, the equivalent of two cartons, at a time. Tork Carry Packs are:
- Easier to carry
- Easier to use
- Easier to dispose of
Manual handling is one of the biggest causes of workplace injury in Australia and New Zealand and a significant cost to businesses. Matthew Bond, Managing Director of City Central Property Services, claims that manual handling is a major issue in the cleaning industry and welcomes any innovation that makes handling easier. When asked if Tork Carry Packs might make work a little easier and safer for staff, Bond replied, “It would be much easier from a manual handling perspective to be able to bend knees and grab a handle and lift rather than wrapping your arms around a box, which tilts you forwards or off to the side and causes back problems.” Bond believes his staff would be very responsive to the new packaging adding that, “being able to carry a pack in each hand will keep them evenly balanced and not place as much pressure on the spine.” Plus there’s the added advantage of easy opening without needing to use a knife. The Tork Carry Packs have perforated sections that can be opened by hand, again making them safer to use. Tork Carry Packs also create 84 percent less waste than cardboard cartons with the bag scrunching down to a fist-sized ball. Bond found this feature would improve productivity immensely. “The plastic bags are a huge advantage, the cardboard box takes up a lot of space and it is labour intensive packing up a cardboard box,” says Bond. Just another way Tork is lightening the load for businesses.
See how easy Tork Carry Packs are to use.
For a demonstration please visit tork.com.au/carrypacks