Lift It Twice
OSHA does not have a specific standard for heavy lifting hazards and back injury problems for employees. However, the General Duty Clause states that each workplace must be free of recognized hazards that create the potential for serious injuries to employees. OSHA encourages all employers to create a safe workplace by providing training and educating employees on ways to reduce or prevent back injuries.
- Back Injuries can be Prevented by:
- Assessing the potential lifting hazards according to the workplace or task.
- Providing heavy lifting training.
- Using engineering controls to make lifting and other manual jobs easier and safer.
- Thinking before you lift or move an object. Plan the safest and most efficient method for lifting or moving.
- Lifting Technique:
- Keep loads close to the waist and have the heavy side of the load closest to the body before trying to lift.
- Maintain a stable position and balance prior to and during lifting.
- Make sure you have good hold on the load.
- Wear proper shoes, not heels or flip flops.
- Do not bend your back when lifting.
- Keep your head up when handling the load.
- Do not twist or turn by moving your feet.
- Move smoothly, never jerk.
- If you need to adjust a load always put it down first.
- Consider your capacity, if you need help use equipment or ask for help.