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Manual Handling Training. Legal Requirements & Policy. What is it and why bother?. Injury causation. Principles of safe handling. Summary. Manual Handling Operations Safety. Legal Requirements. Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.

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Manual Handling Training

Legal Requirements & Policy

What is it and why bother?

Injury causation

Principles of safe handling

Summary

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Manual Handling Operations Safety

Legal Requirements

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

These regulations place specific responsibilities on the University to employees undertaking manual handling operations (MHO)

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The University has a general duty of care to all its employees.

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

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manual handling operations regulations
Manual Handling Operations Regulations

These regulations cover specific requirements for all employees carrying out manual handling activities and include:-

  • avoid manual handling operations
  • assess any manual handling operations which cannot be avoided
  • reduce the risk of injury and monitor those changes
  • the need to provide training
  • the need to provide relevant information

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University System for the Management of MHO Safety

Generic risk assessment

University Policy

Manual Handling assessment programme

Availability of awareness information and training on-line for all employees via induction process.

Identification of MHO tasks through pre-assessment

Assessors nominated and trained

Deficiencies identified?

Yes

via line manager or F/DSC

Second stage assessment carried out by trained assessor

Symptoms experienced or incident report

Line Manager

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F/DSC

Refer if required

H & S Unit

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Manual Handling

What is it?

Anything which involves the application of bodily force to an object.

This includes:

  • Lifting and lowering
  • Holding and carrying
  • Pushing and pulling
  • Throwing

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Why bother with training?

More than 1/3 of all accidents reported to the HSE are handling related.

All parts of the body can be injured during manual handling activities.

The most common types of injury are cumulative effects from poor lifting techniques over a period of time and not ‘one off’ traumatic events.

Good lifting techniques both at home and at work could help you avoid injury when manual handling.

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Injury Causation

Some postures that increase spinal loading:-

  • Working in a bent or stooped position
  • Twisting and ‘one handed’ lifting
  • Overreaching
  • Static, Fixed Positions
  • Extremes of joint movement
  • Sudden movements whilst carrying loads

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Principles of Safe Handling

Avoiding Handling

Assess

Plan

Prepare

Perform

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Principles of Safe Handling

Avoiding Handling

Use available trolleys or other lifting equipment

Get someone else to handle for you (someone specifically trained or selected for the task!)

Ask yourself “does it have to be moved?”

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Principles of Safe Handling

Assess the task

  • Posture
  • Pacing, rate of work, breaks
  • Requirements for team handling

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Principles of Safe Handling

Assess your own capabilities

  • Strength, height, etc
  • Pregnancy
  • Health problems
  • Training, experience
  • Gender, age, fitness

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Principles of Safe Handling

Assess the load

  • Weight, shape, size
  • Handles, packaging
  • Stability
  • Contents: hot, cold, hazardous

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Principles of Safe Handling

Assess the environment

  • Space constraints
  • Flooring condition, levels
  • Temperature, humidity, ventilation
  • Tidiness, general housekeeping

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Principles of Safe Handling

Plan

  • Task
  • What is the most appropriate posture
  • Is there mechanical aid available
  • Is there anyone else to help?
  • Route
  • Consider start and end points
  • Can any obstructions be cleared

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Principles of Safe Handling

Prepare the load

  • Can the load be split?
  • Can the load be made more stable?
  • Make sure contents are evenly distributed?
  • Move the loads centre of gravity close to yours
  • Cover sharp / abrasive edges

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Principles of Safe Handling

Prepare yourself and the area

  • Check space constraints
  • Move obstacles
  • Check final destination
  • Check housekeeping
  • Get a good grip on the load
  • Use Personal Protective Equipment
  • (PPE) where appropriate

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Summary

When undertaking any MHO, help yourself by:-

  • Keeping your feet wide apart
  • Maintaining your back in its natural position as much as possible
  • Try to avoid twisting your waist or stooping
  • Keeping the load close to your body
  • Getting a good grip
  • Positioning feet in direction of travel
  • Using smooth controlled movements
  • Using team lifting where appropriate

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MHO and Health

Musculo-skeletal problems - aches and pains in neck or back

Upper Limb Disorders (ULD) - aches and pains in hands and arms or shoulders

Your line manger should have already identified MHO within your work area and undertaken a risk assessment, so you should receive this information for specific tasks within your work area

Such conditions should not be considered inevitable to MHO and any symptoms must be reported to your line manager, F/DSC or Health and Safety Unit (Ext.1036) as soon as possible.

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MHO - Training & Assessment

Thank you for completing this awareness training

Please remember to stop and think before undertaking MHO, and review the risk assessments with your line manager.

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