University Human Resources
Part IV: General Rules
Moving and Lifting
- Do not attempt to carry a load which is more than you can carry safely; get help from another person. Do not try to lift heavy items higher than waist level. Lift with your leg and arm muscles rather than your back muscles to guard against sprains. Always have a clear view over the load. If the load interferes with normal walking, get help. Employees who frequently lift and carry should request and will be provided a safety lifting belt. Use is required when lifting heavy objects. Follow directions for proper wear. Belts are not a substitute for proper lifting technique and physical conditioning.
- Supervisors should see that mechanical equipment, if available, is used when manual lifting is unsafe. Workers should report observed defects in the equipment to their supervisor.
- Wipe off all greasy, wet, slippery or dirty objects before handling. Keep hands free from oil or grease.
- If you must carry an object, first check the route for distance, floor condition, turning room and proper lighting.
- Always lift gradually and smoothly, without jerking or twisting, and keep the load close to your body. Also, set an object down close to your body.
- When two or more people are handling the same object, one should call the signals. Everyone should know who this is and warn the caller if they are about to relax their grip.