Guide

Safe manual handling at work

Introduction

Lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling loads can cause a range of injuries to staff - from back problems to other musculoskeletal disorders.

Failing to protect against the risks of manual handling could lead to staff having time off sick, reducing your productivity. This could also leave you open to a compensation claim.

There's a wide range of occupations where manual handling can be part of the job - from construction, manufacturing and warehousing to hotels, restaurants and agriculture. Office staff could easily hurt themselves too when moving boxes of paper, for example.

You're legally required to assess the risks that employees face when handling objects as part of your overall health and safety risk assessment.

This guide explains how to assess and reduce the risks of manual handling and sets out safety requirements when using lifting equipment.