NIOSH: New Safe Lifting Calculator App

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the release of a new free mobile app, NLE Calc, for smart phones and other devices that can help workers stay safe when manually lifting on the job. The app is based on the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation (RNLE), an internationally recognized standard for safe lifting.

NLE Calc is designed to assist workers in manufacturing, healthcare, retail, and other industries where lifting is part of their duties. The app determines a score based on the data entered about the lifting task and provides recommendations to help optimize the work, or perform it differently, in order to prevent injury. It also provides tips to optimize the lifting task including:

  • Bring the load closer to the body
  • Avoid twisting while lifting
  • Raise the load to waist height before lifting
  • Minimize the distance the load must be lifted

“NLE Calc is a quick and simple way for a worker to assess their risk of injury before they manually lift an object,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, MD. “The information workers used to find in a manual is now in their back pockets and can help prevent one of the most common and costly work-related injuries.”

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