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The Manual Handling Operations Regulations

Here we give a summary of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
What is Manual Handling?
Manual Handling is the movement of a load by human effort alone. It may involve the movement of a load or the direct support of a load.

It involves pushing, pulling, carrying, moving by bodily force and straight forward lifting.

Main Injuries Caused by Manual Handling Operations
  • Muscular sprains and strains (arms, back, wrists)
  • Back injuries (slipped disc, lumbago sciatica)
  • Trapped nerves and hernia
  • Cuts, bruising and abrasions (from sharp loads)
  • Fractures
  • Work related upper limb disorders (WRULD’s)
  • RHEUMATISM (chronic disorder)
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • Avoid manual handling (re-designing task, automating or mechanizing).
  • If Manual Handling Operations cannot be avoided then a suitable and sufficient risk assessment must be made.
  • (Where all foreseeable hazards are identified and controlled / reduced by effective control measures)
  • Reduce the risk of injury from those operations by the use of mechanical handling or by making improvements to the task, load and working environment.
  • Level of duty for all the above is reasonably practicable, which is basically the most common level of duty.
Think Before Lifting / Handling
  • Plan the lift
  • Can handling aids be used
  • Will help be needed with the load
  • Remove obstructions such as discarded wrapping materials
  • For long lifts consider resting at the midway point on a table or bench to change grip.

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