What does manual handling mean?
Manual handling means transporting or supporting a load by hand or bodily force including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, moving or carrying a load. Generally, a load is a moveable object, such as a box or package, a person or an animal, or something that is being pushed or pulled in some manner, such as a roll cage or pallet truck.
Employers must protect their workers from the risks of injury and illness caused by hazardous manual handling tasks in the workplace.
What are the regulations?
Regulations on Management of Health and Safety at Work require that you assess the risks to your employees’ health and safety.
Whenever hazardous manual handling of loads is identified, you should also comply with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations (the Manual Handling Regulations).
In order to mitigate the risks associated with hazardous manual handling, the Manual Handling Regulations define a hierarchy of measures:
- Avoid hazardous manual handling operations whenever possible
- Identify, assess, and reduce the risk of employee injury from any hazardous manual handling that cannot be avoided
- Reduce the risk of worker injury from hazardous manual handling to the lowest reasonable level.
What are the workers legal duties?
- Follow safety and health procedures at work
- Ensure their safety and health by using all equipment provided for them
- Work together on matters related to health and safety
- Be notified if things change or if they identify hazardous handling activities
- Take care to make sure their activities do not put others at risk
How can we help you?
Our Manual Handling Awareness course is designed for all employers, supervisors and employees in any work environment.
It will provide delegates a good grounding in the safe moving and handling techniques, as well as an understanding of the risks associated with such activities.
Any questions? Contact us, we will be happy to help you:
01782 213 428