Manual Handling Risk Assessments
Employers have a responsibility to ensure that all staff under their control follow correct manual handling procedures. This duty should include proactive strategies to prevent manual handling injuries during normal duties.
The manual handling strategies should:
Øavoid the need for manual handling operations
Øassess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling that cannot be avoided; and
Øreduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable
How far must I reduce the risk?
To the lowest level ‘reasonably practicable’. This means reducing the risk until the cost of any further precautions - time, effort or money - would be far too great in proportion to the benefits.
General risk assessment guidelines
There is no such thing as a completely ‘safe’ manual handling operation. But working within the following guidelines will cut the risk and reduce the need for a more detailed assessment.
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