TEAM TALK MANUAL HANDLING

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TEAM TALK
MANUAL HANDLING
Manual Handling Slide 1
Manual Handling
The aim of this session is to provide you with information
on:The types of injuries which can result in poor manual
handling
The legislation relating to manual handling
Safe manual handling techniques
A demonstration on good manual handling techniques
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Introduction
 Definition :- “any transporting or supporting of a
load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing,
pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or by
bodily force”
 Any activity that requires an individual to lift,
move or support a load will be classified as a
manual handling task
 Also consider - twisting, reaching, pulling, carrying
and stretching
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Legislation
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 – Main
Requirements
 Require:- Avoid hazardous manual handling operations so
far as is reasonably practicable
- Mechanise or automate process, where possible
- Assess any hazardous manual handling
operation that cannot be avoided
- Reduce the risk of injury so far as is reasonably
practicable
- Provide training and information
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Injuries Resulting From Manual Handling
1. Cuts and abrasions
 Short term injuries
 Discomfort and scarring
2. Crushed/fractured limbs
−Painful
−Eventually repair themselves
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Injuries (Continued)
3. Soft tissue damage
 Muscles, ligaments, tendons
 Painful but again, these heal with time
4. Hernias
− Very painful
− Major mobility problems
− Corrective surgery
− Can prevent future manual
handling
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Injuries (Continued)
5. Spinal / nerve injuries
 Very common
 Long term/permanent damage
 Slipped/prolapsed disc
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Correct Lifting Techniques
 Get a firm grip
 Ensure you feet are secure
 Keep your back upright by
bending your knees
 Avoid bending at the waist
whilst lifting
 Never obstruct your vision
 Take your time – Don’t
rush!
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Correct Lifting Techniques
 Always check the weight
of an object before
lifting
 Seek help if objects are
too heavy or large. If
you feel uncomfortable
with the weight seek
assistance
 For a team lift, work
with someone of similar
build and height
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Correct Lifting Techniques
 Split heavy loads into
manageable sizes
 Carry loads close to the body
 Counterbalance loads, so that
the forces acting on your back
are balanced
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Correct Lifting Techniques
 Before lifting ensure
your route is clear
 Before carrying objects
through narrow
walkways check passage
way is clear of obstacles
 Stay alert and slow down
if
your
route
has
variations of levels e.g.
steps, stairs
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Using a Trolley / Cage
 Visual check before use – Good repair? Wheels run smoothly?
 Heavy items on the bottom, lighter items on top
 Never overload the trolley / cage
 Never obstruct your vision
 Push the trolley / cage if visibility is good and if you can
control stopping and steering
 Move the trolley / cage at walking speed
 If using a trolley / cage over uneven surfaces, or up / down
a ramp or slope, ask for help
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Manual Handling Assessments
 No manual handling activity is completely safe
 A risk assessment will reduce the risks
 Employees must be made aware of assessment
 Assessments must be suitable and sufficient – not
generic
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Manual Handling Assessment
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Load
Observe loads, are they: Unwieldy
 Heavy
 Difficult to grasp
 Sharp
 Hot/ cold
 Likely to move or shift in transit
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Individual
Observe individuals: Do they require unusual strength or height for any
activity?
 Is anyone pregnant, disabled or suffering from a
health problem?
 Is specialist knowledge or training required?
 Has effective training been completed?
 Is a trolley or cage being used?
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Task
Consider the different activities and whether they
involve:Twisting, stooping, bending
Excessive travel
Pushing, pulling or precise positioning of the load
Sudden movement, inadequate rest or recovery
periods
Team handling or seated work
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Site Specific Tasks
 Moving cages
 Moving patio heaters
 Carrying loads up/down stairs
 Lifting external tables and chairs
 Lowering deliveries through hatches
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Environment
Looking at internal/external areas consider:
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Confined spaces
Uneven, slippery or unstable floors
Variations in floor levels
Extremely hot, cold or humid conditions
Poor lighting/ventilation
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Any Questions?
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