Manual handling is a term that describes many activities including lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving loads by hand or bodily force. Loads may be inanimate objects such as boxes and trolleys or animate such as people and animals. These activities are a major cause of injuries in the workplace when not performed safely. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (as amended) 1992 (MHOR) were created to reduce the risks to employees’ health and consequently reduce the cost to businesses.
The Regulations require employers to:
- avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable
- assess any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided
- reduce the risk of injury from manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable
Our consultants can conduct a full assessment of your workplace to identify potential risks and advise on any issues that need addressing in order to ensure compliance with the Regulations and help to maintain a healthy workforce. Suggested control measures may include implementing the use of equipment, amending work processes or advising training on correct handling techniques
Contact us to find out more or to arrange an appointment for your Manual Handling risk assessment.