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Title: Manual Handling

Manual Handling
Manual Handling
  • Key Point Manual handling refers to any activity
    requiring the use of force by a person to lift,
    lower, push, pull, hold or restrain something.
  • Putting boxes on shelves, painting, gardening,
    cleaning, writing and typing are some examples of
    manual handling tasks.
  • Manual handling injuries include
  • Strains and sprains
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Slips, falls and crush incidents
  • Cuts, bruises and broken bones
  • Hernia
  • Occupational overuse syndrome (OOS)

You should be informed and trained in
  • Safe manual handling methods
  • Specific manual handling hazards
  • Safe work procedures
  • Use of any required manual handling aids
  • Your right to ask for help
  • Most manual handling injuries can be prevented by
    designing the task to minimise risk. Instruction,
    training and supervision are essential to make
    sure hazards are recognised and safe work methods
    are used.
  • Even though you may be young and new to the job,
    you have a responsibility to speak up. Talk to
    your supervisor if you feel your job is too
    heavy, too difficult, too tiring or puts you at
    risk of injury.
  • Key Point It is the employer's responsibility to
    provide you with safe work procedures, and with
    instruction, training and supervision for manual
    handling tasks.

Ways to reduce the risk
  • Lighten loads (break loads into smaller
  • Reduce bending, twisting, reaching movements
  • Use team lifting
  • Use mechanical assistance (eg. trolleys and
    adjustable height workbenches and seating)
  • Prevent muscle strain and fatigue. This includes
    warming up before working, taking rest breaks,
    and allowing time to get used to a new task

Slippery floors
  • Slippery and uneven floors in the workplace are
    hazardous and can result in serious
    accidents. For example, kitchen workers have been
    burnt when they have accidentally pulled pots of
    hot liquid onto themselves when a slip has caused
    them to fall.
  • Floors should be cleaned regularly so that oil,
    fat and other spills do not create a slippery
  • Employers must make sure that floors are even,
    slip-resistant and free from any obstruction that
    could cause an employee to slip, trip or fall.

Manual Handling Follow-up
  • Hazard control activity
  • Task Work in the classroom individually, under
    the supervision of your teacher.
  • Make a list of any manual handling tasks you have
    performed over the last week, at home, school,
    travelling between the two, in the garden, at
    your part-time job, with your friends over the
  • Working across the page, complete the
    Decision-making grid (A copy will be provided to
    you) by noting your personal manual handling
    activities, the hazards involved, and any
    suggestions for safer practice you can think of.