Manual Handling Risk Assessments

Risk Assessment

What’s Involved In A Manual Handling Risk Assessment?

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations define manual handling as: “Any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force.” They also state that employers should adopt a hierarchy of manual handling risk assessment control measures:

  • To avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable
  • To assess any hazardous manual handling operation that cannot be avoided
  • To reduce the risk of injury so far as is reasonably practicable

At ELAS we’re experts at managing the risks associated with manual handling. We will work with you to come up with a personalised risk assessment specifically tailored to the needs of your business whether you are in the healthcare industry responsible for moving patients or you run a busy warehouse. Our consultants will identify any risks associated with your line of work, train your employees on how to minimise their risk of injury and suggest methods of control i.e. equipment which you could put in place to further minimise the risk to your employees.

No manual handling activity is completely safe and musculoskeletal injuries are one of the biggest causes of workplace absence; ELAS can help you reduce the risks as much as possible. *See also our ART Assessment page for information related to repetitive tasks.

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