Guide

Safe manual handling at work

Introduction

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

Failing to protect against the risks of manual handling could lead to staff having time off sick. This can reduce your business 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:

  • construction
  • manufacturing
  • warehousing
  • hotels
  • restaurants
  • agriculture 

Even office staff could easily hurt themselves, for example when moving boxes of paper.

You must 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 the risks of manual handling and how to reduce those risks. It outlines how to train employees to lift and carry correctly. It includes tips for good lifting technique