Manual Handling: why you should be trained.

 The Manual Handling Operations Regulations defines manual handling as ‘any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or by bodily force’.

In effect, any activity that requires an individual to lift, move or support a load, will thus be classified as a manual handling task.1/2 day manual handling training at Carlton Training

Did you know that work related manual handling injuries are the most common occupational health problems in the UK? Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety at work of their employees, as laid down in the Health and Safety at Work Act1974.

These Regulations state that the employers should adopt a hierarchy of control measures:

  1. In order to avoid hazardous Manual Handling Operations as far as it is reasonably practical,

  2. To assess any hazardous Manual Handling Operation that cannot be avoided,

  3. To reduce the risk of injury as far as it is reasonably practical.

Employees too, should look after avoiding these injuries and accidents at work, and they can do it by simply adhering to the following principles before performing any manual handling operation:

  • Make sure that the object is not too heavy to lift. It should be stable and unlikely to shift or move

  • Lift and move heavy and awkward loads with the help of a handling aid

  • Ensure that the way is clear of any obstructions when moving an object

  • Make sure there is enough space to put the load down to where you are moving it

  • When lifting, stand as close as possible to the load and move your feet apart to shoulder width

  • Keeping your back in a natural upright posture, bend your knees to lift the load

  • Keep the load in a firm and close grasp all the time

  • Use your legs instead of your back to lift the load in a smooth motion as it reduces any risk of back injury

  • When carrying the load, keep it close to your body with elbows tucked in

  • Turn your feet in position with the load instead of twisting your body, when you need to make a turn while carrying it.

In addition to following the above guidelines, make sure that you don’t lift any unnecessarily heavy loads by yourself. Use a handling aid when necessary and work in team.

It not only ensures a healthy injury and accident free work environment for the staff, but also for the employers, as it awards them with a peace of mind, knowing there would not be any lawsuits knocking on the door or staff quitting because of unhealthy work practices and low morale. It also helps build trust between the employees and their employer as they know that they are being looked after and increases work satisfaction and also helps spread a healthy word of mouth about the company.

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