For all Federal Workplaces – How Much Can I Lift ? Is 50 lbs or 100 lbs too much ?

Under the legislative requirement, as part of the Canada Labour Code, Part II Manual Handling of Materials, for all federal workplaces it states the following:

14.46 (1) Where, because of the weight, size, shape, toxicity or other characteristic of materials, goods or things, the manual handling of materials, goods or things may be hazardous to the health or safety of an employee, the employer shall issue instructions that the materials, goods or things shall, where reasonably practicable, not be handled manually.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the employer shall take into account the frequency and duration of manual lifting and the distances and terrain over which an object is to be manually lifted or carried in deciding whether the manual handling of the materials, goods or things may be hazardous to the health or safety of an employee.

14.47 No employer shall require an employee who is an office worker and whose primary tasks do not include manual lifting or carrying to manually lift or carry materials, goods or things in excess of 23 kg.

14.48 Where an employee is required manually to lift or carry loads weighing in excess of 10 kg, the employer shall instruct and train the employee

(a) in a safe method of lifting and carrying the loads that will minimize the stress on the body; and

(b) in a work procedure appropriate to the employee’s physical condition and the conditions of the work place.

14.49 Where an employee is required manually to lift or carry loads weighing in excess of 45 kg, the employer shall give instructions to the employee in accordance with section 14.48 that are

(a) set out in writing;

(b) readily available to the employee; and

(c) kept by the employer for a period of two years after they cease to apply.

Under the CLC, Part II, Manual Handling of Material regulation, it outlines the various requirements for office workers and employees who are required to lift or carry manually. Each section provides additional requirements depending on the weight of the load (e.g. instruction, training or work procedure)

After reading the CLC, Part II, questions for consideration:

  • Am I lifting too much ?
  • Should I use a back belt ?
  • How do I write the instructions or work procedures ?
  • What is the proper lifting technique ?
  • How can I measure the lifting, pushing, pulling and carry requirements of my job ?

WHERE DO I GO FOR HELP ?

At Auspice Safety Inc. we can assist and provide all workplaces with program development, training and specific measurements for manual material handling. We are able to measure the lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying requirements with a Physical Demands Analysis or Job Task Analysis. We have assisted organization’s across North America, and we look forward to assisting your workplace. Please contact us at 613.558.5385 or info@auspicesafety.com

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