Many manual handling injuries build up over a period rather than being caused by a single handling incident. These injuries occur where people are at work – on farms and building sites, in factories, offices, warehouses, hospitals, banks, laboratories, and while making deliveries.
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (NI) 1992 is concerned with all manual handling activities regardless of weight. Avoidance of manual handling by mechanical means is the primary objective but where this is not possible employers should adopt appropriate organisational measures.
There is no such thing as a safe weight that can be manually lifted. Any lifting operation has the potential to cause injury.
So far as reasonable practicable, employers should avoid the need for employees to carry out manual handling tasks.
Where avoidance of manual handling is not reasonably practicable, employers should:
- Make (and if necessary review) a formal risk assessment of manual handling
- Reduce the risk of injury to the lowest reasonably practicable level
- Provide employees with general indications, and if possible provide information on the weight of a load, centre of gravity, handholds, heaviest side
The regulations require employees to comply with any safe system of work provided.
Any risk assessment on manual handling should address itself to the task, the load, the working environment and the individual capabilities of the person doing the lifting.
- CIS61 - manual handling - source HSE(GB)
- CIS76 - handling plasterboard - source HSE(GB)
- CIS77 - preventing injury from handling heavy blocks - source HSE(GB)
- construction healthy handling 2014
- getting to grips with manual handling - source HSE (GB)
- guidance on the prevention and management of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace
- backs in action - a guide for the healthcare sector
- INDG 383 - manual handling assessment charts - source HSE (GB)
- INDG 398 - are you making the best use of lifting and handling aids? - source HSE (GB)
- L023 Manual Handling - source HSE (GB)
- reducing plasterboard manual handling - source HSE (GB)
- reducing the manual handling of roof panels - source Health and Safety Authority
- Manual Handling - Questions and Answers
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992
Please note that these links are to the original legislation, visitors should verify for themselves whether legislation is in force or whether it has been amended or repealed by subsequent legislation.