When Is It Safe to Manually Lift a Patient?

This article describes the revised NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) tool for calculating the recommended weight limit for manual lifting. In general, NIOSH recommends a 35-pound limit for patient handling tasks. Assisting devices should be used when weights to be lifted exceed 35 pounds. 

  • Care Settings: All Care Settings
  • Clinical Focus: Safe Patient Handling & Fall Prevention
  • Content Type: Journal Articles
  • Reference: Waters TR. American J of Nursing. 2007;107(8):53-58.