Magazine article Occupational Hazards

NIOSH Lifting Guide Updated

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

NIOSH Lifting Guide Updated

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NIOSH LIFTING GUIDE UPDATED

NIOSH has completed revisions on its 10-year-old "Work Practices Guide for Manual Lifting." At a University of Michigan/NIOSH musculoskeletal injury prevention conference, Vernon Putz-Anderson, Ph.D., chief of NIOSH's psychophysiology and biomechanics section, said the new guidelines will be published in a peer-reviewed journal and available to the public later this year. NIOSH will also produce a user's guide, he said.

Some notable changes have been made in the NIOSH guidelines, Putz-Anderson said. For example, it will now include asymmetric factors, such as twisting, and the coupling factor, whereby moderate or poor types of handles on items to be lifted will be factored in to the equation. The other variables - horizontal location, vertical location, distance moved, and frequency of lifting - will remain the same.

Unlike the original guide, which listed an action limit and a maximum permissible limit, the new guide will have only one limit, the recommended weight limit, Putz-Anderson said.

"The level of protection provided by the new equation should be greater than the level of protection provided by the 1981 equation," Putz-Anderson said. …

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