Manual handling at work

Workers must be protected from the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling
in the workplace. Manual handling means transporting or supporting a load by hand or
bodily force. It includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving
loads. A load can be an object, person or animal.

Employers must obey the following to deal with risks from manual handling:
- avoid hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable
- assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided
- reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling to as low as reasonably practicable

A brief guide has been published by the British Health and Safety Executive. This leaflet
is aimed at managers in SMEs. It explains the problems associated with manual handling
and gives guidance on how to deal with them. The leaflet gives useful practical advice
on reducing the risk of injury from manual handling.

Health and Safety Executive

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