Manual handling practices take place every day in every workplace across Britain. Whether you are an office based business or a construction led company, it is important to ensure that your workers understand how to carry out manual lifting safely.
Appropriate training, guidance and tools can help avoid injuries such as MSDs (Musculoskeletal Disorders) while increasing your employees’ productivity. Here are 4 simple manual handling tips that will help you to ensure the health and safety in your workplace:
1. Use Automation and Equipment Designed for Manual Handling
To help avoid possible injuries and ensure the health and safety of your employees, consider using automation or mechanical plant equipment that can make manual handling easy to carry out. For example, you can move heavy loads by using forklift trucks allowing it to be moved from one location to another with ease. Where automation or the use of mechanical equipment is not an option, can you use other handling equipment to reduce the risk of injury, such as trolleys or pallet trucks. These types of equipment don’t necessarily remove the need to manual handle a load, but they can help to reduce the force exerted on your employees’ neck, back and legs.
2. Where Possible, Keep the Load Weight Low
Where manual handling cannot be avoided, try to keep loads and weights as small as possible. The HSE have put together a guideline for safe working loads that can be handled without unnecessary risks to your employees’ health. If your workplace has the potential to exceed the recommended limits, a formal manual handling risk assessment should be completed through and internal health and safety officer or an independent health and safety consultant like RSC Ltd.
3. Provide Visual Information
In circumstances where your employees are required to manual lift weight, you should aim to provide visual posters that give instructions on correct manual handling techniques. For example, you could provide a visuals to show how to lift, pull and push equipment so safe practices are followed regularly.
RSC’s expert health and safety consultants provide manual handling training to a wide range of businesses. If your employees need assistance with improving their manual handling techniques or you need to carry out a risk assessment of your workplace, contact RSC on 0162 726 243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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