Lifting loads and pregnant employees

Published Mon 04/15/13 04:49 PM

How much can a healthy pregnant worker lift at work? Newly published findings address this question.

NIOSH researchers and U.S. Department of Defense colleagues evaluated the scientific evidence linking occupational lifting to maternal and fetal health, suggesting that the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation could be applied judiciously to lifting tasks performed by pregnant workers with only modest adaptations. Based on their findings, the researchers suggested clinical guidelines, defining maximum recommended weight limits for the first and second half of pregnancy according to prescribed task parameters.

These findings were published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and can be accessed online at