11 August 2014
As discussed in a previous blog post, many provinces across Canada are aiming legislation at the reduction of musculoskeletal disorders (http://ewiworks.com/news/post.php?s=2014-03-28-occupational-musculoskeletal-injuries-and-ergonomists). Many of the regulations that are in place take aim at manual handling, including Part 14 of the Alberta OHS Code.
One of the most common questions Ergonomists receive around manual materials handling is, “How much can someone safely lift?” The answer to that question is dependent on a number of variables, including: how often is the lift occurring, what are the start and finish height of the lift, how far the object is from the person, and how easy it is for the person to grasp the object. A professional Ergonomist can assist in determining the safe lift limit based on this criteria.