Children are a Health and Safety Hazard: TILE, kids and risk assessments

Children are a Health and Safety Hazard: TILE, kids and risk assessments

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Children are a Health and Safety Hazard: TILE, kids and risk assessments  


Children are hazards! 

Well, technically speaking, it’s true. If you work with children, there’s a good chance you see them as hazards. They’re fragile, they don’t know when they’re in the way, and they can’t always communicate with you. Truth is, they pose a risk to your health and safety.

Does that mean you should wrap them in bubble wrap and never go near them? Absolutely not. It just means that you need to have a think about what you can do to reduce the risk of those kids causing anybody any harm.

That seems like common sense, right? Well, going through that simple process is the basics of conducting a risk assessment.

Even hearing the words “Risk assessments” scares some people off. But really they are very easy. Manual Handling Risk Assessments are particularly easy, especially considering you have a memorable acronym to help you out: TILE.



Generally, a risk assessment for any manual handling will need to consider 4 things: task, individual, load and environment. You can remember this with the acronym ‘TILE’.



What does the task involve and will it involve any twisting, stooping, bending, pushing, pulling or sudden movements?



That’s considering you – the person carrying out the task – and asking whether you’re disabled, pregnant, or suffering from any health problems.



What are you going to be lifting or handling? This important to consider when it comes to lilting or moving children, because the load is the child. Meaning the load is especially precious and fragile, but also wriggly and uncommunicative!



Looking at things like space constraints, uneven or slippery flooring, unstable flooring, different floor levels, hot, cold and humid conditions.

Looking at each of these elements – Task, Individual, Load and Environment – will help you consider how risky the manual handling activity is, and also give you an idea of how best to reduce these risks.

So, if anybody tells you that lifting of children is banned in schools, or something similar, keep in mind that it’s probably an excuse. No need to keep the kids in the playpen, wrapped in cotton wool; if you do your risk assessment properly, there should be no problem!


Get trained

If lifting and moving children is part of your work, then it’s important that you are properly trained. When you subscribe with flick you get access to all flick courses as well as Safe Lifting: Manual Handling of Children.

Why not sign up today?

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