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What Is Manual Handling?

Manual handling includes lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling and carrying. also it causes over a third of all workplace injuries, One of the biggest causes of back injuries is lifting or manoeuvring incorrectly.

These injuries include harm to your back, neck, arms, legs and joints, repetitive strain injuries are as a result of this.

Why do I need to know about Manual Handling?

Dealing with Manual Handling is important, It is something we all do and the injuries can occur anywhere in the workplace and within a physically active industry furthermore causing greater risk.

In addition we need to be constantly aware of Manual Handling tasks and the injuries they can cause. Where possible we should avoid handling a load, there are occasions though when this is not possible. If handling a load is necessary then risk assessments will need to be carried out and Health and Safety measures will need to be put in place to avoid accident or injury.

How can I manage Manual handling safely?

The HSE recommend for safe lifting and handling that we should:

Importantly, think before you lift.

  • Have you had the correct training to lift the load
  • Know the nature of the load
  • Consider environmental factors
  • Keep the load close to our waist
  • Adopt a stable position
  • Ensure a good hold on the load
  • Don’t bend your back when lifting
  • Avoid twisting when lifting (look ahead and move smoothly)
  • Lower the object then adjust into place if needed by sliding
  • Limit carrying objects further than you need to
  • Delivery of  heavy loads should be where possible delivered straight to storage area
  • Is your route clear?
  • Know your limits don’t lift more than you can easily manage safely
  • Do you need lifting equipment? i.e forklift truck, Hoist

How do I prevent a Manual Handling injury?

 A Risk Assessment prior to handling loads is most important!!

Before moving a load, stop and think. Can you move it or do you need a mechanical handling aid?

 If the load is to be moved:

  • Can the load  be made any smaller in size or weight.
  • Check whether the carrying distance can be reduced
  • Check the environment, are there any trip hazards, is the floor slippery,  your pathway clear, are there sufficient lighting?
  • Ensure you have sufficient training to lift the load as safely as possible.

There is currently no law to identify a maximum lifting weight. Employers have a duty of care to their employees to manage and control risks, all the loads to be handled will need to be assessed, along with the employees carrying out the tasks is especially relevant.

Manual Handling Awareness courses.

Our courses give your employees the knowledge they need to be able to work safely.

We cover:

  • What is Manual Handling
  • Avoiding Manual Handling
  • Injury statistics
  • The different types of injuries
  • Employers responsibilities
  • Employees responsibilities
  • Factors to consider
  • Safe weights to lift
  • Hazard identification

For anymore information regarding our manual handling online training courses please contact us today.

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