Assessing the Risks of Pushing and Pulling Operations
HSE has made some significant changes to help assess the risks of jobs that require pulling and pushing in the workplace. The new document, which can be accessed here, is designed to ensure that health and safety officers can successfully recognise jobs that require high risk pushing and pulling while implementing risk reducing measures.
HSE has highlighted two types of pulling and pushing operations where the new guidance can be used to assess if the risk measures are effective:
- Moving loads on wheeled equipment, such as hand trolleys, pump tucks, carts and wheelbarrows.
- Moving loads without wheels, which might involve actions such as dragging/sliding, churning (pivoting and rolling) and rolling.
HSE has also revised and reissued guidance on the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. The updated version can be downloaded from here.
The new fourth edition of this guidance has been reconstructed into four parts, with regulations and brief guidance within Part 1 and more detailed guidance in Parts 2 to 4. There is also an appendix which includes ‘risk filters’ that can help to identify tasks that do not require a detailed assessment.
Other changes also include the publication of full risk assessment checklists online only. Please note that these do not appear in the hard copy. There is also a section of updated rules and regulations of health and safety requirements for self-employed individuals.
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