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Toolbox Talk: Manual Handling. Somerset College Safety, Health and Environment. What is Manual Handling?. Moving a load by hand or bodily force: Lifting Putting down Pushing Pulling Carrying. Three things to always remember!. 1 - Always use mechanical methods if possible e.g.

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Toolbox Talk: Manual Handling

Somerset College

Safety, Health and Environment


What is Manual Handling?

  • Moving a load by hand or bodily force:

    • Lifting

    • Putting down

    • Pushing

    • Pulling

    • Carrying


Three things to always remember!

1 - Always use mechanical methods if possible e.g.

  • Forklifts

  • Levers

  • Trolleys


Three things to always remember!

2 - Know what YOU can handle!

  • Check the weight before you lift

  • Ask for assistance if you need it

  • Carry out a check:

    rock the load from side to side,

    then try lifting a small amount


Three things to always remember!

3 - Look around you

  • Is there good lighting?

  • Are there obstacles in your path (steps, changes in levels, floors)

  • Weather – rain, wind, heat


When asking for help – work together!


Remember not to:


The six steps to Manual Handling

  • 1. Stop & think


The six steps to Manual Handling

  • 2. Position your feet


The six steps to Manual Handling

  • 3. Keep your back straight and bend Knees


The six steps to Manual Handling

  • 4. Get a firm grip – use your whole hand


The six steps to Manual Handling

  • 5. Raise the load smoothly

    Straighten your knees to stand up

    Use your leg muscles

    Keep the load close to your body


The six steps to Manual Handling

  • 6. Carry the load close to your body

    Keep your head up

    Make sure you have a clear

    view of where you are going.


Use the RIGHT tools for the jobCheck for obstaclesStop and THINK!


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