Manual handling injuries can occur wherever people are at work - on farms and
building sites, in factories, offices, warehouses, hospitals, banks,
laboratories, and while making deliveries. Heavy manual labour, awkward
postures, manual materials handling, and previous or existing injury are all
risk factors implicated in the development of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
The British Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has recently published a revised
manual handling guidance helping employers and employees to take sensible steps
to reduce these injuries. The information has been thoroughly revised to take
account of improved knowledge of the risks from manual handling and how to
avoid them. But the essential messages about reducing risks remain the same.
Avoiding manual handling
Check whether you need to move it at all! For example:
Consider automation, particularly for new processes! For example:
Think about mechanisation and using handling aids!
The guide gives detailed information on
AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)