Manual handling affects most organisations and is a leading cause of workplace injury and ill health. Most manual handling injuries can be avoided by a simple combination of instruction, training, risk assessment, and planning of the work. Let us help you at this stage, before injuries and ill health cause problems.
Contributory factors towards a hazardous manual handling environment include:
- Poor ergonomics
- Bad lifting practices
- Poor layout
- Lack of training
While risks are found in all sectors of manual handling; agriculture, construction, and healthcare are recognised as the highest-risk industries. This is due to the nature and number of manual handling activities involved. Activities such as warehousing and logistics also require a significant amount of manual handling.
To avoid manual handling related injuries, it is, of course, best not to perform manual lifting activities at all. However, it is recognised that in many businesses and situations this simply isn’t practical or even possible. Therefore, the risks should be reduced through:
- Appropriate training
- Risk assessments
- The use of mechanical aids where reasonably practicable
Mechanical aids will reduce or overcome the majority of risks associated with manual handling, but they do introduce new and different risks that must be assessed and appropriate actions implemented.
Contact us to find out how we can help you.
We run manual handling training courses, detailing
- the hazards associated with manual handling operations
- safe lifting techniques
- what to expect from a manual handling assessment
- how to develop safe lifting techniques
- team lifting operations
Call us to find out more on 01509 550023
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