Moving and Handling

Moving and Handling

Posted on Jun 09, 2016

Moving and Handling



Do office workers need manual handling training?

Whether you work on a construction site, in a book shop, or in an office, things need to be moved from place-to-place – and it’s likely that, from time-to-time, you and your employees will be the ones responsible for pushing, pulling, or lifting all manner of objects.

Training in manual handling is an essential part of health & safety training, and therefore should be supplied to all employees to avoid risk of injury and lost working days.


What would manual handling in my office include?


Taking the bins out, moving the office around (including shifting desks, moving cupboards and shelves) and even going to the supermarket to do the weekly milk run are all forms of manual handling.

In their recent Handling injuries in Great Britain, 2014 report, the HSE state that:

  • an estimated 909,000 working days were lost due to handling injuries
  • an average of 6.6 days were lost for each handling injury
  • handling caused nearly a quarter of reported injuries
  • eight percent of major injuries and more than a quarter of over-seven-day injuries to employees involved handling
  • over-seven-day injuries accounted for over nine of every ten injuries
  • the latest 3-year averaged estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) showed an estimated 54,000 reportable handling injuries resulted in more than three days’ absence from work. 


Risk factors

The weight of the item is an important factor, but many other factors can create a risk of injury. For example, the number of times you have to pick up or carry an item, the distance you are carrying it, where you are picking it up from or putting it down (picking it up from the floor, putting it on a shelf above shoulder level) and any twisting, bending stretching or other awkward posture you may adopt while completing a task.


Manual handling training ensures that:

  • 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
  • Care is taken to ensure that activities do not put others at risk

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



Remember – manual handling covers more than just lifting. It also covers lowering, carrying, pushing and pulling.


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