Manual Handling

MANUAL HANDLING ELAS TOPIC GUIDES

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WHY IS MANUAL HANDLING IMPORTANT? Incorrect manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work . Work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s) account for over a third of all workplace injuries.

MSD’S ACCOUNT FOR OVER ONE THIRD OF WORKPLACE INJURIES

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES AS AN EMPLOYER? As an employer, the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 require you to: • Avoid the need for hazardous manual handling (as reasonably practicable) • Assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling task • Reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling

MANUAL HANDLING OPERATIONS 1992

WHAT DUTIES DO YOUR EMPLOYEES HAVE? Employees must:

• Follow the safe systems of work that are in place • Use the equipment they have been provided properly • Co-operate with their employer on all issues relating to health and safety • Inform their employer if they identify hazardous handling activities • Take care to ensure they do not put others at risk

I’VE HEARD OF TILE – WHAT IS IT?

TILE is an acronym for Task, Individual, Load and Environment and is used to help you carry out a manual handling risk assessment.

LOAD Is the load heavy, difficult to grip, sharp, hot or cold?

TASK Does the manual handling task involve twisting, bending, pushing or pulling?

INDIVIDUAL Is the person

ENVIRONMENT Are there space constraints, uneven flooring, slippery flooring etc

pregnant, disabled, suffering from health problems or a young person?

HOWDO I ENSURE MY EMPLOYEES ARE FIT FOR THEIR MANUAL HANDLING ROLE?

You can implement a health surveillance programme that includes musculoskeletal assessments.

Musculoskeletal assessments evaluate whether your employees have the agility and flexibility to undertake tasks such as working in confined spaces or crouching, bending, lifting and carrying.

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HERE ARE OUR TOP TIPS FOR THE SAFE USE OF MANUAL HANDLING:

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Keep the load close to your waist

Think before lifting and handling objects

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Avoid twisting the back or leaning sideways

Adopt a stable position

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Keep your head up and look forwards

Ensure you are holding the object with a steady hold

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Move smoothly

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Ensure you start and maintain a good posture

Don’t lift or handle any more than can be easily managed

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Don’t flex your back whilst lifting

WANT TO KNOWMORE?

At the ELAS Group we offer a range of health and safety training courses:

If you are interested in any of our courses, please contact info@elastraining.co.uk Visit our blog for up to date information on all things health and safety. blog.elas.uk.com/blog

LEVEL 2 MANUAL HANDLING (Half day course) LEVEL 2 SAFE MOVING & HANDLING (Half day course) WORKING IN CONFINED SPACES (Half day course) WORKING AT HEIGHT (e-learning)

CONTACT US TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION 08450 50 40 60 info@elas.uk.com www.elas.uk.com

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