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Manual Handling

 

Each year, thousands of workers are injured when conducting unsafe manual handling tasks.

Manual handling means using your body to exert force to lift, lower, push, pull, carry, move, hold or restrain any object or person. Some examples include handling patients or live animals, and carrying or pushing heavy objects or repetitive movement of your body.

Hazardous manual handling can lead to many serious conditions, including muscle sprains and strains, abdominal hernias, back injuries and soft-tissue injuries to the wrists, arms, shoulders, neck or legs. These conditions are known as musculoskeletal injuries or disorders.

Injuries can be short term or in some instances, debilitating long-term conditions that can severely affect a person’s quality of life.

The longer manual handling tasks are done, the greater the likelihood of an injury.

Injuries can be short term or in some instances, debilitating long-term conditions that can severely affect a person’s quality of life.

Use the information provided in the links below to help you understand the problem and learn what you can to do make your workplace safer. You can view publications relating to manual handling by clicking on the links on the left hand side of the page.

What is manual handling?

Manual handling means using your body to exert force to handle, support or restrain any object, including people or animals.

It is not just lifting or carrying heavy objects; it includes: lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, lowering, throwing, carrying, packing, typing, assembling, cleaning, sorting and using tools.

The term is not limited to handling heavy objects – pruning plants, stacking items onto a shelf, helping a patient into a bath and even using a keyboard are all examples of manual handling.

Hazardous manual handling involves:
• repetitive or sustained application of force, awkward postures or movements
• tasks that people would find difficult due to the degree of force applied (high force)
• exposure to sustained vibration
• manual handling of live people or animals
• manual handling of unstable loads that are difficult to grasp or hold

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