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Manual Handling Regulations 1992 The Manual Handling Regulations had been introduced in 1992 as injuries in this region had been escalating and still account for over 30% of injuries reported for the HSE. The aim with the legislation was to increase awareness with the dangers in this activity and mandate that employers tackle this region in an work to cut down the amount of injuries taking place. The regulations define manual handling as "any transporting or supporting of a load, to consist of the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carry or moving thereof, by hand or bodily force" which effectively indicates anything that is definitely lifted or moved can be a manual handling activity. The law placed 3 main requirements on employers which are summarised beneath 1) Stay away from manual handling operations if possible 2) Assess any operations that cannot be avoided 3) Lessen the risk of injury as far as possible The specifications follow a hierarchy of control measures of which the preferred option is to remove any manual handling at all, followed by looking at what risks then remain and decrease them as far as possible. In real terms it is unlikely you will be able to easily remove handling items unless you install a mechanical system which is expensive and often not viable. That said you should at least consider if the items in question need to move at all as it could be possible for processes to change so materials are brought to the point of use thereby reducing the need for movement. Now any remaining handling risks have to be assessed and efforts made to reduce the activity to the lowest risk possible. A risk assessment is required for you to identify your manual handling risks and a combination of employees, managers, suppliers etc who are involved should look at the operation and consider how it can be changed to make it safer. It makes sense to group similar activities together and review them generically and only work on specific areas if the risk is high enough. The aim on the risk assessment is to identify how staff could be injured and then identify control measures to lessen the possibility of this happening. As always a risk assessment should be recorded as evidence it has taken spot and also so it can be reviewed in due course. Employees have a duty as well and have to follow any systems you implement to reduce handling, use equipment properly, co-operate with other staff and take care not to injure themselves or others during their work.


Manual Handling Laws 1992