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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

Toolbox Talk: Manual Handling

Somerset College

Safety, Health and Environment


What is manual handling
What is Manual Handling?

  • Moving a load by hand or bodily force:

    • Lifting

    • Putting down

    • Pushing

    • Pulling

    • Carrying


Three things to always remember
Three things to always remember!

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

  • Forklifts

  • Levers

  • Trolleys


Three things to always remember1
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 remember2
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





The six steps to manual handling1
The six steps to Manual Handling

  • 2. Position your feet


The six steps to manual handling2
The six steps to Manual Handling

  • 3. Keep your back straight and bend Knees


The six steps to manual handling3
The six steps to Manual Handling

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


The six steps to manual handling4
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 handling5
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 job check for obstacles stop and think
Use the RIGHT tools for the jobCheck for obstaclesStop and THINK!


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