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Journal of Ergonomics
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The NIOSH Lifting Equation for Manual Lifting and Its Applications

Rashmi Shahu*

Department of Industrial Engineering, Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur, India

*Corresponding Author:
Rashmi Shahu
Department of Industrial Engineering
Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur, India
Tel: 9923587842

Received date: October 31, 2015 Accepted date: March 21, 2016 Published date: March 27, 2016

Citation: Shahu R (2016) The NIOSH Lifting Equation for Manual Lifting and Its Applications. J Ergonomics 6:159. doi:10.4172/2165-7556.1000159

Copyright: © 2016 Shahu R. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited



The literature on the problems caused by frequent lifting and lowering tasks has grown rapidly in the past few decades. This paper focuses on presenting literature on the NIOSH Lifting Equation, which is used for calculating injure-free lifting capabilities for workers who perform two-handed manual lifting tasks and using the study as a basis for applying it to a manufacturing company Technocrats India, Nagpur. The papers acquired for the study focus on the importance of the equation to reduce the effect of Low Back Pain (LBP) associated with various lifting operations. The result of the study is a systematic research and compilation of various aspects of the equation and its applications at construction sites and industrial organizations and its use at a manufacturing company where the manufacturing process comprises the machining of the Cylinder Body part and Valve body part. The equation will be used for these to know the effect of the work on workers. The final assessment of the study is that for successful outcomes for reduction in Work related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) and LBP, the equation should be thoroughly considered for manual lifting practices.


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