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What are the Manual Handling Regulations?

The Manual Handling Regulations 1992 lay down the responsibilities of employees and give guidance on assessing the risk of personal injury during manual handling operations; transporting or supporting loads by hand or by 'bodily force'.

Employer's responsibilities

manual handling regulationsIt is an employer’s duty to take appropriate measures to identify any potential risk from manual handling operations and to reduce the risk of personal injury to employees, specifically to:

  • Avoid hazardous manual handling operations whenever possible
  • Make a suitable and sufficient assessment of any hazardous manual handling operations which cannot be avoided
  • Reduce the risk of injury from those operations so far as is reasonably practicable
    • Manual Handling Training
  • Keep an up-to-date record of accidents and ill-health

Do we have to provide Manual Handling Training?

Essentially if there is any risk from Manual Handling then Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and regulations 10 and 13 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to provide their employees with health and safety information and training. This is supplemented with the requirements for more specific information and training on manual handling injury risks and prevention, as part of the steps to reduce risk required by regulation 4(1)(b)(ii) of the Manual Handling Regulations (see above).

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