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close this bookABC of Women Workers' Rights and Gender Equality (ILO; 2000; 124 pages)
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Maximum weight

No worker should be required or allowed to carry a load manually if it is so heavy that it is likely to endanger her or his health or safety. For women and young workers, assignment to manual transport of loads other than light loads should be limited.

Where adult women workers are engaged in carrying loads, the maximum weight should be much less than that permitted for adult male workers. As far as possible, women workers should not be assigned to the regular manual transport of loads. When necessary, measures should be taken to cut down the time spent on lifting, carrying and putting down, and to prohibit the assignment of women workers to certain specified jobs which are especially arduous.

No woman should be expected to carry loads during pregnancy or during the ten weeks following the birth of the child if, in the opinion of a qualified physician, this is likely to damage her health or that of her child.

Any worker assigned (even occasionally) to manual transport of loads other than light loads shall be, before such assignment, trained and instructed in the appropriate techniques in order to safeguard his or her health and to prevent accidents. There are special provisions for young workers of both sexes.

C. 127: Maximum Weight, 1967
R. 128: Maximum Weight, 1967

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