Manual 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.
- 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
- Complete the Manual Handling Risk Assessment
- Ensure individual completes on-line Manual Handling Course (if under 5kg)
- Ensure member of staff attends Manual Handling face to face training, which offers support, advice/guidance to staff with manual handling duties over 5kg
- 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.
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.