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Manual Handling-what is it?

What does the HSE say about manual handling?

"Manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work and causes over a third of all workplace injuries."


"It is essential therefore that employers manage the risks to their employees. If possible you should not carry out any manual handling tasks. Where these are necessary mitigate the risk by using equipment - trollies, fork lift truck etc.


Where tasks are essential and cannot be done using lifting equipment, a suitable and sufficient risk assessment should be conducted."

Good handling techniques for manual handling/lifting & shifting

Click on the button below for the HSE's   practical tips suitable for the use in training people in safe manual handling.





These tips and much more advice on lifting, is covered in's Manual Handling Training  Presentation.

The Manual Handling Regulations say that training should cover:

  • Manual handling risk factors and how injuries can occur

  • How to carry out safe manual handling including good handling technique

  • Appropriate systems of work for the individual’s tasks and environment

  • Use of mechanical aids

  • Practical work to allow the trainer to identify and put right anything the trainee is not doing safely

How can sussexsafety,net help? has developed a manual handling training programme easily adaptable to the requirements of your organisation.


The training is derived from the Health and Safety Executives Getting to Grips with  Manual Handling and other HSE  Approved Codes of Practice and covers:  


  • Awareness of manual handling injuries  

  • An overview of legal requirements  

  • An understanding of good handling techniques to help prevent lifting injuries

  • Use of mechanical aids and apropriate systems of work for your organisation

  • Guidance to help you decide if a load is within your capability to lift or, needs to be assessed  

  • A practical assessment to help identify any lifting problems has developed a manual handling presentation for your staff


This programme along with a lifting and shifting assessment and knowledge test will help meet your training requirements.


If you would like to discuss the training programme further or require any advice regarding manual handling risk assessment please contact

Health & Safety Consultancy, Information & Management

Commonly defined as 'the transporting or supporting of loads by hand or bodily force.'


Manual handling activities can occur wherever people are at work - on farms and building sites, in factories, offices, warehouses, hospitals, educational establishments, banks, laboratories, and while making deliveries.


Manual handling is not just lifting heavy or bulky loads. It also includes:  


  • Pulling


  • Lifting


  • Lowering


  • Carrying

Manual Handling
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