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Manual Handling Risk Assessments

Manual Handling Risk Assessments

Manual handling can be described as transporting or supporting a load by hand or bodily force. As well as lifting, this can also include lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling.

The important factors to keep in the forefront of your mind when handling large objects at work are the weight, size, distance you are carrying it, and where you are placing it (e.g. is it the floor or a shelf?). It is proven that awkward postures and heavy manual labour are all contributing factors to musculoskeletal disorders. According to HSE, these disorders account for more than a third of work related illnesses reported each year.

What Should You Be Doing?

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) requires employers to assess and manage the risk to their employees. This requires the employer to make suitable and sufficient assessments of the task and reducing the impact of injury by using a hoist where available, or ensuring the employee has sufficient manual handling training.

The regulations require the employers to do the following:

Avoid – where possible and practical, the employer needs to consider where the movement of heavy objects can be avoided.

Assess – the employer must risk assess the activity to ensure it’s as safe as can be for the person carrying out the task.

Reduce – the employer must reduce the risk of injury as far as reasonably possible.

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As a result of being able to provide audit, advice and training services for various areas of health and safety, we are always working with such a diverse range of clients. Read our case studies to see how we’ve been able to help other businesses.

How Can Sureteam Help?

Manual handling affects many organisations in different ways from construction sites to office based work. Our specialist team are trained in all areas to ensure that they can give you sound advice so that you comply with UK law and avoid accidents and any subsequent legal action.

A fully qualified member of our team will visit your premises and conduct a full and detailed risk assessment. We will then write a report of findings and recommendations.

We also offer Manual Handling training courses designed to educate participants on safety procedures all around the safety of moving heavy objects.

Manual Handling Training

We provide trainer led Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling (RQF) regulated by Ofqual. Our training can be delivered in person at a dedicated training venue, on site, or via video conferencing platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft teams if preferred.

E-learning Courses

We also offer E-learning courses for general Manual Handling, and Manual Handling for the Office as part of the Healthy Working Program. Both of these online courses are CPD accredited and approved by IIRSM.

Give us a call

Our team are on hand for any advice you need give us a call on 01666 503686 to discuss your health and safety needs. With Sureteam, you have got it covered.

Frequently Asked Questions

The law doesn’t identify a maximum weight limit. It is employers duty to manage and control risk, and therefore make reasonable decisions based on the individual carrying out the handling operation.
When carrying out a Manual Handling Risk Assessment, you should consider 4 main areas: the nature of the task, the capabilities of the individual performing it, the characteristics of the load and the layout of the environment.
Yes, we can! Incorrect techniques and inadequate health and safety training on manual handling can lead to injuries, back pain, limb damage and potentially worse.

Our Manual Handling training courses offer the choice of classroom based or online training.  Both will provide attendees with the essential information needed to understand the risks associated with manual handling and how to ensure appropriate measures are put in place to keep themselves and others safe.   Find out more on our website or give us a call on 01666 503686.

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