Manual Handling 

Manual HandlingManual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. Staff whose job role involves manual handling duties must adhere to the following steps.

Employee Responsibilities

  • Follow laid down systems of work
  • Use appropriate equipment provided
  • Advise Line Manager of any existing or new injuries
  • Do not put others at risk

Line Manager Responsibilities

  1. Complete the Manual Handling Risk Assessment
  2. Ensure individual completes on-line Manual Handling Course (if under 5kg)
  3. Ensure member of staff attends Manual Handling face to face training, which offers support, advice/guidance to staff with manual handling duties over 5kg. Manual handling training is delivered by individual departments by a nominated departmental trainer. Please refer to your Department Safety Officer for further details
  4. Refer member of staff to HML, if health issues arise for medical advice and intervention

Regular health surveillance for manual handling is not usually necessary, although please seek advice from departmental safety officers if guidance is required.

New Starters

All new employees must undertake a Health Assessment Questionnaire

Once Lifting or carrying heavy items is selected as part of the individuals activities the individuals responses will be assessed by an Occupational Health clinician and a ‘fitness’ certificate issued confirming their fitness to work within a role with manual handling duties.