Focus on Safety: Personal Protective Equipment and Lifting Techniques


With Covid-19 considerations at the forefront of our minds, we may overlook other proactive measures that help us stay safe and healthy. As summer approaches, the health and safety committee would like to highlight a few areas where employees can take steps to stay healthy on a daily basis – personal protective equipment (PPE) and lifting techniques.

Different environments at the University of the Pacific

  • Medical clinics
  • Classroom
  • Laboratories
  • Desks
  • Kitchens
  • Lawns, greenhouses, farms
  • Fitness facilities
  • And more…

Whether you work on-site regularly or infrequently, it’s important to remember that being on-site can take you to different areas with varying security considerations.

Individual protection equipment

While some employees may need PPE for their jobs, it is important that all employees are aware of the environment they find themselves in. If you are in an unfamiliar area and are unsure whether you need specialized PPE, ask someone who knows the surroundings. . If you are an employee who needs PPE for your job, make it a priority to stay alert and up to date on equipment policies and best practices. Speak to your supervisor if you are unsure of the type of PPE that may be needed in your work environment, or if you see opportunities for improvement.

Learn more about PPE injury prevention from Saif.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made us all more aware of the benefits of PPE. If you are not an employee who needs specialized equipment, protect yourself and others. Be sure to follow the recommended guidelines for Covid-19 PPE. You can find information on Covid-19 specific PPE suggestions on the University of the Pacific webpage.

Lifting techniques

Thoughtful movement is essential for everyone’s well-being. Whether or not lifting is part of your job, it is often a part of most daily activities. From moving filing boxes to adjusting furniture, it’s important to be careful to protect yourself from injury with mindful lifting techniques.

Saif workplace ergonomics: safe lifting techniques

  1. Evaluate the load and plan the lifting.
  2. Place your body in front of the load. Spread your feet shoulder width apart for balance; put one foot back to increase stability.
  3. Lift with your knees bent using your leg muscles, but avoid deep squatting. Maintain the natural curve of your spine throughout the task.
  4. Place the load close to your body; tighten the abdominal muscles.
  5. Move the load to one side to see where you are going.
  6. As you lower the load, keep your spine curve and use your leg muscles for movement and support.

Additional resources on safe lifting techniques

A message from the University of the Pacific Health and Safety Committee

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