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There is no OSHA regulation that specifically addresses safe lifting procedures. If, during an OSHA inspector’s review of an employer’s records or as the result of an employee complaint, a great number of lifting injuries are uncovered which the employer has not taken steps to resolve, the employer may be cited under Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, commonly referred to as the General Duty Clause. This section of the Act requires employers to provide a safe and healthful workplace for their employees.
Use the NIOSH revised lifting equation to evaluate manual lifting tasks and ensure that your workers are lifting safely.