Your questions answered: What is the maximum weight for manual handling?

By Jeff Salton on July 11th, 2018
  1. Workplace Policies
  2. Health & Safety Policies



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


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.

See chapter H4 Health and Safety in the Workplace in the Employment Law Practical Handbook for more information on this subject. This chapter, like all the 80-plus chapters in the Handbook, is written in plain English by the lawyers at Holding Redlich. It’s information you can trust.

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