Manual Handling

Moving & Handling

As an employer you must:


§ avoid moving and handling where there is a risk of staff being injured, as far as reasonably practicable;

§ assess the risk of injury from moving and handling that cannot be avoided;

§ reduce the risk of injury from moving and handling, as far as reasonably practicable.


Training is important but remember that, on its own, it can’t overcome:

§ a lack of mechanical aids

§ unsuitable loads

§ bad working conditions




Training should cover:

§ manual handling risk factors and how injuries can occur

§ how to carry out safe manual handling, including good handling technique (see ‘Good handling technique for lifting’ and ‘Good handling technique for pushing and pulling’)

§ appropriate systems of work for the individual’s tasks and environment

§ use of mechanical aids

§ practical work to allow the trainer to identify and put right anything the trainee is not doing safely.






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