Manual handling

Health and safety coordinators and line managers will arrange for risk assessments to be undertaken for activities that involve significant manual handling. In this context, manual handling includes lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling and holding.

The risk assessment will identify factors that could result in injury, such as heavy or unstable loads, the need to lift from the floor or above shoulder height, the need to twist, stretch or stoop while manual handling.

Action will be taken to eliminate factors that could cause injury. Where possible manual handling activities will be avoided or reduced by providing mechanical aids such as trolleys, and re-designing work operations.

Checklists on risk factors giving rise to manual injuries will be available on a Generic Manual Handling - primary assessment sheet (Word).

Staff nominated to undertake manual handling risk assessments will receive sufficient training. Staff undertaking manual handling tasks will also receive training in safe handling techniques.