What should your lift policy include?

The following elements should be addressed in a safe lift policy, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health:

• Manual lifting is unsafe for residents and staff and is not permitted.

• Minimum standards for the lifting program.

• Transferring needs of each resident are assessed and reassessed as a resident's transferring needs change.

• The amount of lifting equipment required.

• Requirements to select appropriate lifting methods.

• Training requirements for caregivers.

• Responsibilities for all caregivers.


Safe lifting and movement of nursing home residents, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.