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Certificate Number 8140

ISO 9001 | ISO 14001

Manual Handling Policy


The company recognises that work related musculo-skeletal injuries from manual handling can affect all employees. It will take all reasonable steps to reduce, and will have the aim of eliminating, these injuries and will make diligent attempts to avoid putting employees at risk.

Work activities which involve hazardous manual handling will be identified and risk assessments carried out under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992. These activities include such operations as the lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, supporting, carrying and moving of loads by hand or by bodily force. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 apply to these activities.

In view of the wide variety of tasks involving manual handling throughout the Company it is unrealistic to assess each one. Instead, the Company will carry out assessments to identify each type or category of manual handling likely to be encountered, establishing the range of risks that these create, so that appropriate remedial measures can be determined on this broader basis. An assessment will take into account the load, the working environment, the task and the individual’s capability.

Duties of the Company

To secure the health and safety of workers with regard to manual handling operations the Company will ensure that, for work under their control:

  1. Manual handling operations which present a risk of injury are identified:
  2. Handling operations which present a risk of injury are avoided, so far as is reasonably practicable, by eliminating the need for the load to be moved or by the introduction of automation or mechanisation:
  3. Those operations which cannot be avoided are assessed using an ergonomic approach which considers the task, the load, the environment and individual capability to determine the level of risk. The assessment should be recorded to show that it has taken place and to allow for easy review if circumstances change:
  4. Measures required to eliminate the risk, or reduce it to the lowest level which is reasonably practicable, are identified from the information in the risk assessment and are used to implement a safe system of work:
  5. All new work which might involve manual handling operations is assessed and safe systems of work are implemented before the work commences:
  6. Annual reviews of assessments are made to ensure that they are still valid but re-assessment is carried out immediately if any of the components of the work situation have changed:
  7. Incidents which result in musculoskeletal injury to employees are fully investigated and risk assessments and systems of work are reviewed in the light of such incidents:
  8. Employees recruited to posts involving manual handling are suitable for the work they are required to undertake, that job descriptions sent to applicants for employment include details of manual handling tasks where these are part of requirement of the post, that employees continue to be suitable for the work and that they are not pressurised by supervisors or systems of work into undertaking operations (either by weight or rate of work) which are beyond their safe capability:
  9. Suitable information, training and supervision is provided for all employees engaged in manual handling tasks and that such training is recorded, monitored, evaluated and reviewed:
  10. Any specific arrangements for complying with the Regulations which are introduced are documented and incorporated into the safety policy.

Duties of Employees

The co-operation of employees is essential in reducing and eliminating the risks from manual handling. Employees should therefore ensure that they comply with the following requirements.

  1. They should follow the safe system of work designed and introduced by the management:
  2. They should use any mechanical aids which have been provided for their use. Any faults with mechanical aids should be immediately reported to the foreman or a chargehand:
  3. They should assist and cooperate with the process of the assessment of risk:
  4. They should assist the manager with the implementation of employee training, should attend training sessions as required and should apply the knowledge gained from training to their daily work:
  5. They should report all manual handling accidents and occurrences which either caused, or could have caused, injury:
  6. They should inform the foreman or managing director if they are unable to undertake their normal manual handling duties because of injury, illness or any other condition:

M C Naylor,

Managing Director