Aide Memoir for Manual Handling Assessments by icf1n7h

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									Aide Memoir for Manual Handling Assessments

Problems to look for when making             Ways of reducing the risk of injury
an assessment

The tasks, do they involve:                  Can you:
_ holding loads away from the body?          _ use a lifting aid?
_ twisting, stooping or reaching             _ improve workplace layout to improve
upwards?                                     efficiency?
_ large vertical movement?                   _ reduce the amount of twisting and
_ long carrying distances?                   stooping?
_ strenuous pushing or pulling?              _ avoid lifting from floor level or above
_ repetitive handling?                       shoulder height, especially heavy loads?
_ insufficient rest or recovery time?        _ reduce carrying distances?
_ a work rate imposed by a process?          _ avoid repetitive handling?
                                             _ vary the work, allowing one set of
                                             muscles to rest while another

                                             Can you make the load:
The loads, are they:                         _ lighter or less bulky?
_ heavy, bulky or unwieldy?                  _ easier to grasp?
_ difficult to grasp?                        _ more stable?
_ unstable or likely to move unpredictably   _ less damaging to hold?
(like animals)?                              If the load comes in from elsewhere,
_ harmful, eg sharp or hot?                  have you asked the supplier to help, e.g.
_ awkwardly stacked?                         provide handles or smaller/ lighter
_ too large for the handler to see over      packages?

The working environment, are there:          Can you:
_ constraints on posture?                    _ remove obstructions to free
_ bumpy, obstructed or slippery floors?      movement?
_ variations in levels?                      _ improve the flooring?
_ hot/cold/humid conditions?                 _ avoid steps and steep ramps?
_ gusts of wind or other strong air          _ prevent extremes of hot and cold?
movements?                                   _ improve lighting?
_ poor lighting conditions?                  _ provide protective clothing or PPE that
_ restrictions on movements or posture       is less restrictive?
from clothes or personal protective          _ ensure your employees’ clothing an
equipment (PPE)?
                                             Can you:
Individual capacity, does the job:           _ pay particular attention to those who
_ require unusual capability, e.g.           have a physical weakness?
aboveaverage                                 _ take extra care of pregnant workers?
strength or agility?                         _ give your employees more information,
_ endanger those with a health problem       e.g. about the range of tasks they are
or learning/physical disability?             likely to face?
_ endanger pregnant women?                   _ provide training
_ call for special information or training   Get advice from an occupational health
                                             advisor if you need to.
                                             Can you:
Handling aids and equipment:                 _ provide equipment that is more
_ is the device the correct type for the     suitable for the task?

Manual Handling Assessment Memoir Dec 2011
job?                                         _ carry out planned preventive
_ is it well maintained?                     maintenance to prevent problems?
_ are the wheels on the device suited to     _ change the wheels, tyres and/or
the floor surface?                           flooring so that equipment moves easily?
_ do the wheels run freely?                  _ provide better handles and handle
_ is the handle height between the waist     grips?
and shoulders?                               _ make the brakes easier to use, reliable
_ are the handle grips in good order and     and effective?
comfortable?                                 _ push rather than pull?
_ are there any brakes? If so, do they
work?




Manual Handling Assessment Memoir Dec 2011

								
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