Manual handling is defined as, "the transporting or supporting of loads by hand or by bodily force".
More than a third of all over three days injuries reported to the HSE and Local Authorities (annually) are caused by manual handling. In 2001/02, 1.1 million people in Great Britain suffered from Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs), resulting in 12.3 million working days being lost; these were caused or made worse by current or past work. On average, each of those affected took 20 days off in the 12 month period.
To gain an idea of how compliant your business is currently in this regard complete our brief self-assessment checklist on Manual Handling Item D
Consider - manual handing risks and affects which these may have on your employees.
Consult & Involve - your workforce; as they could offer practical solutions to risks for controlling them.
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992) set out a hierarchy of measures which should be followed to reduce the risks from manual handling:
- Avoid The need for hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable.
- Assess The risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling that can't be avoided.
- Reduce The risk of injury from hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable.
For more information regarding the Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992); the following HSE links may be useful: