The Manual Handling Regulations 1992 define Manual Handling as ‘any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or by bodily force’.
In effect, any activity that requires an individual to lift, move or support a load, will be classified as a manual handling task.
More than 25% of all accidents reported to the HSE each year are associated with manual handling and most common amongst occupational groups where repeated strain is placed upon the spine
In the UK, over 70 million days are lost each year purely down to back pain or back injuries
Reducing the risk of injury
Avoid the need for hazardous manual handling as far as is reasonably practicable by considering alternative ways of working, e.g. automation or mechanisation
Assess the risks of injury from hazardous manual handling that cannot be avoided. This can be done in-house to find out ways of making the work easier, less risky and less physically demanding
Reduce the risk of injury to the lowest level reasonably practicable. This means to reduce risks until the cost of further precautions in time, money or trouble would be too great in proportion to the benefits
Ensure everyone has sufficient training to complete tasks safely
Manual Handling Training
Training your Staff in Manual Handling has never been easier with our Manual Handling Training DVD’s .
Manual Handling “The Basics” Suitable for anyone that carries out Manual Handling activities.
At just over 8 minutes running time, it defines Manual Handling and demonstrates the necessary techniques to aid moving and lifting safely. How to assess and plan the task, pushing, pulling, lifting, moving aids and equipment
Manual Handling “The Essentials” Suitable for Managers or Supervisors.
At just over 15 minutes running time, this is the same as “The Basics” but extended to give an in-depth guide to Manual Handling Regulations