What is the maximum weight for manual handling?

Q: Is there a prescribed maximum weight limit for lifting in the workplace?

A: There is no blanket statutory maximum; however, industry guidelines may exist for your particular business or you may wish to implement particular policies.

You have obligations to ensure that, so far as is reasonable practicable, there is an absence of risks to an employee’s health in connection to the handling of plant in the workplace. You should also provide training to employees on how to properly lift heavy materials.

Please note: The answer is correct at the time of publishing. Be aware that laws may change over time. Refer to Health and safety in the workplace for current advice.

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