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Factsheet - Manual Handling

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Manual Handling Facts:
  1. Almost one third of workplace injuries are caused by manual handling.
  2. Over 1 million people in the UK suffer from work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). [Source: HSE]
LOAD
Heavy, bulky, difficult to grasp, sharp edges, hot/cold, awkward stacking and storage.
INDIVIDUAL
Individual capability varies: male/female, general fitness, illness, medical conditions, medication.
TASK
Handling away from the body, twisting, long carrying distances, strenuous pushing and pulling, repetitive handling, no rest.
ENVIRONMENT
Constraints on posture, uneven or slippery floors, use of stairs, hot/cold humid conditions, lighting, restrictive clothing.
HAZARDS
REDUCING THE RISK
LOAD – Can the load be made lighter, less bulky (smaller packages) and/or easier to grasp (e.g. Providing handholds or gloves)?
INDIVIDUAL –Information on the task should be given to persons at risk together with instruction in kinetic lifting techniques and posture.
TASK – Use lifting aids where practicable, reduce carrying distances, vary the work (to allow one group of muscles to rest), push rather than pull.
ENVIRONMENT – Better flooring, working space, lighting and suitable clothing and footwear.
CONTROL MEASURES
CORRECT LIFTING TECHNIQUE
THINK BEFORE LIFTING
GET IN A STABLE POSITION BEFORE LIFTING
ADOPT AND MAINTAIN GOOD POSTURE WHILE LIFTING
GET A GOOD GRIP
BEND THE KNEES AND USE THE LEGS TO LIFT WHERE PRACTICABLE
KEEP LOAD CLOSE TO YOUR BODY WHILE LIFTING AND CARRYING
AVOID TWISTING
[From INDG 143 (HSE 11/12]
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REMEMBER THAT BAD LIFTING TECHNIQUES INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY

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