Manual handling risk assessments

Manual handling risk assessments

Posted on Apr 08, 2016

Manual handling risk assessments



Did you know that 8.3 million working days are lost each year alone to MSD?

What’s MSD you ask? MSD is the name given to musculoskeletal disorders – a problem caused from manual handling.

MSDs are the most common form of work related ill health in Great Britain – with sufferers taking an average of 19 days off a year.


What is manual handling?


Manual handling relates to moving things by either pushing, pulling, lifting, lowering or carrying.

There are many important factors to take into consideration when it comes to manual handling, such as:

  • What is the weight of the item being moved?
  • How many times must you repeat this action?
  • Where is the item being moved from, e.g. are you picking it up from the floor?
  • Are you moving in an awkward position that is causing you to twist or stretch whilst moving the item?


Manual handling training for cleaners – why is it important?


If you work as a cleaner – you will be responsible for pushing, pulling, and lifting all manner of objects. Cleaning is a demanding and labour intensive job. In addition to cleaning machinery – there is a lot of manual work too including:

  • Empting bins
  • Brushing and mopping the floor
  • Wiping windows
  • Polishing

In addition, cleaners tend to work in environments that have been designed without cleaners in mind. Locations of taps, storage facilities, and rubbish disposal locations can be cramped and difficult to access, which can pose further problems for cleaners.

Manual handling training is important to ensure that all processes of the job are being carried out correctly and that no injuries are sustained.


Manual handling training will ensure that:


  • Care is taken to ensure that activities do not put others at risk
  • Employers are informed if hazardous activities are identified
  • Employees cooperate with their employers on health and safety matters
  • Proper use of safety equipment is carried out
  • Systems of work laid down for safety are followed

Correct training and follow-up can ensure not just the safety of your employees and visitors but the safety of your company too.

Any training you provide your employees and staff should also be accompanied with risk assessments, monitoring and regular reviews of any processes you have in place that involve handling – this will help you ensure the training has been understood and is being applied to the tasks correctly.

Why not complete flick's level 2 manual handling training today?


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