The Importance Of Correct Manual Handling Why Is Manual Handling So Important?
Cases of preventable health and safety accidents at work have become increasingly well documented in the media, with each case further highlighting the importance of
good health and safety management. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, define manual handling as “ any transporting of supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force“. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a third of all workplace injuries are the result of poor or incorrect manual handling. This means what may seem a small or “easy” task needs appropriate procedures to be adhered to. Particularly across the catering industry. This includes lifting heaving pans or stock pots, moving kegs or furniture and carrying rubbish out to the refuse area. If any of these tasks are not carried out correctly the risk of injury is increased significantly. How To Minimise The Potential Damage
In order to prevent and or reduce the risk of injury from incorrect manual handling, we advise a
risk assessment is carried out for tasks which regularly occur, particularly for those which involve the lifting of heavy loads.
It is important to remember that managers cannot be in all places at all times. Developing a culture with an “aware” workforce goes a long way to help companies manage safety within the workplace. As health and safety specialists, we can assist you with
training your staff in the correct manual handling techniques.
Remember: If a member of staff injures themselves , you must complete an accident report. You must also carry out an investigation and take corrective action to prevent recurrence.