Sustained postures & maximum push loads for one staff person

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    • #2501
      Glenda Rickerby

      Hi, does any one have ideas about reducing the risks of sustained postures for staff working in a baby unit?

      Also, does any one have any information about the maximum recommended load for one staff person to push a load?


      Glenda Rickerby, Southern DHB manual handling co-ordinator, Otago site

    • #2502
      Nicky Curran

      Hi Glenda – This was one of my favourite hobby horses when working for the DHB’s –

      See Grandjean (Fitting the task to the person – 5th ed) Table on forces for pushing and pulling p 140 (this is 1991 n could have been surpassed) – and you can hire a metre to demonstrate – we never got round to it but would love to hear if you do. There is info on initiation force and sustained force. NB cornering for beds – it is rarely in a single direction


    • #2503

      Hi Glenda

      Regarding the maximum recommended load for one staff person to push a load
      HSE (Health and Safety Executive) website has information and a risk assessment tool on pushing and pulling that you may find helpful.
      Hope this helps

    • #2758
      Angela Greetham
      Hi Glenda,
      Here is an excellent calculator to use for pushing/pulling a load, from Worksafe NZ,

    • #2759
      Julie Moffett

      That is great. Very useful!!

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