Manual Handling - What employers & employees should be aware of

Manual Handling - What employers and employees should be aware of:

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) establish clear measures for dealing with risks associated with manual handling.

The Regulations require employers to:

  • Avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as reasonably practicable.
  • Risk assess any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided.
  • Reduce the risk of injury so far as reasonably practicable.
  • Provide mechanical aids if it is reasonably practicable to do so, if the risks identified can be eliminated by this means.

Employees have duties too and they should:

  • Follow appropriate systems of work laid down for their safety.
  • Make proper use of equipment provided for their safety.
  • Co-operate with their employer on health and safety matters.
  • Inform the employer if they identify hazardous handling activities.
  • Take care to ensure that their activities do not put others at risk.

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