OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 14 Lifting and Handling Loads


  • Section 208 requires employers to provide, where reasonably practicable, appropriate equipment for lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, handling or transporting heavy or awkward loads. The intent of this section is to reduce or eliminate the manual handling of materials, and therefore the possibility of injury.
  • Section 209 requires that, when it is not reasonably practicable to provide such equipment, loads be adapted to facilitate handling or that manual handling be otherwise minimized.
  • Section 209.1 requires that patient handling equipment be incorporated into the design and construction of health care facilities.
  • Section 209.2 requires employers to develop and implement a patient handling program if workers are required to lift, transfer or reposition patients.
  • Section 210 requires employers to implement hazard assessments of manual materials-handling activities.
  • Section 211 requires employers to investigate and take corrective measures (if indicated) whenever workers report symptoms of musculoskeletal injuries they believe to be work related.
  • Section 211.1 requires that workers exposed to the possibility of musculoskeletal injury be trained in how to eliminate or reduce that possibility.