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Techniques and Tips for Safe Manual Handling


Manual handling is a common practice within most working environments across many different industries. Even the simplest of manual handling activities can result in serious injury. The HSE states:

"Manual handling causes over a third of all workplace injuries. These include work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as pain and injuries to arms, legs and joints, and repetitive strain injuries of various sorts."

This article looks at how employees and employers can use proactive tips and techniques to ensure that they are practising the safest means when undertaking manual handling tasks to avoid risk.

Manually lifting and fitting a large window

What is Manual Handling?

Manual handling is the term officially used for movements we do each day in our jobs and in our daily life, that is:

This could be handling:

Risk assessments should be implemented within the workplace where manual handling activities will be taking place. It is the employer's duty to ensure that the risk assessment highlights all the potential hazards and risks and that the employees are aware of how they can work to minimise the risk to damaging their health when it comes to manual handling.

Pushing or Pulling Loads

Pushing and pulling loads can be a daily activity for many employees, especially those who work in warehouses, building sites and other establishments. If you push or pull loads regularly, here is some useful guidance for you to remember:

Manual Handling Techniques for Lifting

Lifting chart for manual handling

5 General Techniques for Manual Handling to Remember:

5 General Tips for Manual Handling to Remember:

Prevent long-term suffering with correct manual handling

The Importance of Correct Manual Handling

Poor manual handling of objects or people can subsequent in life-changing injuries and can cause serious implications for the person who is injured and the employer. Ensuring preventative actions such as practising correct manual handling techniques, will:

As well as preventing or controlling MSDs (Musculoskeletal Disorders.)

To ensure employees are adequately trained and to minimise the risk to their health and safety completing manual handling training will help prevent accidents in the workplace.

Understanding Manual Handling
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