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Posted February 25, 2019
What is Manual Handling?
Manual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. The weight of the item is an important factor, but many other factors can create a risk of injury, for example the number of times you have to pick up or carry an item, the distance you are carrying it, where you are picking it up from or putting it down (picking it up from the floor, putting it on a shelf above shoulder level) and any twisting, bending, stretching or other awkward posture you may adopt while doing a task.
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The standardised Manual Handling medical consists of the following assessments:
What can be done to avoid manual handling injuries
To help prevent manual handling injuries in the workplace, you should avoid such tasks as far as possible. However, where it is not possible to avoid handling a load, employers must look at the risks of that task and put sensible health and safety measures in place to prevent and avoid injury.
There are some simple things to do before and during the lift/carry:
Read more about this here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/manual.htm
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