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.
What do you need to do as an employer
The risks associated with any manual handling activities carried out by your employees must be adequately managed.
How we can help
We have experienced manual handling asessors who can provide advice on the appropriate measures that you can put in place to control the risk of injury to employees from any hazardous manual handling work activities. We use a number of tools can be used to analyse lifting, carrying and team handling, repetitive upper limb tasks and pushing and pulling.