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Manual Handling 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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