Task C Handouts
Moving and handling
1. Manual handling operations regulations 1992 (as amended)
“manual handling operations” means any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force.
“load” is anything which is moveable, e.g inanimate object, person or animal.
AVOID- wherever possible, avoiding a hazardous manual handling situation is always preferable,
ASSESS- if avoidance is not possible, making a suitable and sufficient assessment of the hazards is the next step.
REDUCE- by following the risk assessment you are reducing the risk of injury to all persons involved. Training and supervision of staff in safer handling techniques, introducing appropriate handling aids and maintaining these in good working order, will help reduce the risk.
REVIEW- risk assessments should be reviewed when changes occur, or when it is no longer valid.
2. Health and safety at work act 1974
“It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure as far as reasonably practicable care of the health, safety and welfare at work of all his\her employees”
“it shall be the duty of every employee while at work to take reasonable care of health and safety of themselves and other persons who may be effected by there acts or omissions at work. This may include: their willingness to receive training, to work safety, to use equipment or to exercise the right to refuse to carry out a task if there is no “safe system of work in place”
3. The management of heath and safety at work regulations 1999
The employer should carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments and put control measures in place. If need be, competent persons may be engaged to enable the employer implement these measures. Staff shall be provided information on risks and the employer shall see that employees ate trained and competent to carry out all