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 an item is picked up or carried, the distance the item is being carried, where the item is picked up from (eg. the floor) or put down (on a shelf above shoulder level) and any twisting, bending stretching or other awkward posture that may be adopted whilst carrying out a task.

Manual Handling Procedure

The University Manual Handling Procedure‌‌ outlines the requirements of the Regulations and the procedure in place to ensure that the risks associated with manual handling activities are assessed and appropriate controls put in place.

Manual Handling Assessment

The University Manual Handling Assessment should be used when carrying out Manual Handling assessments.

As detailed in the Manual Handling Procedure, the Lifting and Handling Guidance may be useful when carrying out a manual handling assessment.

In addition, the Manual Handling Flowchart provides a summary of how to comply with the Regulations.

The Health and Safety Executive MAC Tool (Manual Handling Assessment Charts) can be used to help identify high risk workplace manual handling activities and categorise the risks posed by lifting and carrying and team manual handling activities. The tool incorporates a numerical and colour coded score system to assist in highlighting high risk manual handling tasks (ie. those tasks that require a detailed assessment to be conducted) and those that may have a negligible risk, for example, the occasional lifting of a small lightweight object.

Please note, the MAC Tool is not appropriate for all manual handling tasks and should be used as a filtering tool only and does not negate the need for a full assessment to be carried out, for example, it does not take into consideration individual capabilities.

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