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                   Lifting & Manual Handling Policy

1. No .........HS staff member is to pick up or carry items that may be too
     heavy for him or her, with a maximum lifting weight of 20 kg for any
     individual. Heavier items may only be lifted with assistance.
2. Proper lifting techniques (i.e. straight back, lifting from the knees) are to
     be employed at all times.
3. Trolleys are to be used for carrying heavy or awkward objects whenever
     possible.
4. The weight of objects to be lifted or carried should be reduced.
5. Staff do not attempt to lift a patient without assistance. If a patient
     collapses while helping them guide them to the floor without bearing
     their weight.
6. Staff should avoid activities that include:
      Twisting, bending and excessive reaching.
      Repetitive lifts from below mid thigh or using forceful movements.
      Using excessive force to push, pull or hold an object.
Identification of Risks
7. When/where a risk has been identified steps will be take immediately to
     rectify/improve the situation through:
      Modification of work practices/workplace and/or equipment.
      Education and training in manual handling techniques.
8.     The National Standards for Manual Handling and the National
     Code of Practice for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders from
     Performing Manual Tasks at Work (2007) were declared by the
     Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) on 22 August
     2007. NT Worksafe Information on Manual Handling

				
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