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Health & Safety: Manual Handling

Manual Handling

There are full videos on how to carry out Manual Handling on the LSBU Safety Hub of videos available via OurLSBU


Planning lifting activities beforehand is the most important thing before actual lifting.

Manual Handling risk assessment consists of assessing the:

  • Load

  • individual

  • task

  • environment

Face direction of travel when lifting

If lifting with some one else - Say ‘Ready, (yes), hold, lift’ . This is less ambiguous than ‘123 lift’.

Shelving  trollies -  ideally load top two shelves only but ultimately depends on the individual. Move lighter trollies more regularly rather than heavy ones less frequently. Do what’s comfortable for your capability.       

Trollies are better when the weight at waist level rather than on sack trollies.

Drag weight on surface closer to you before lifting using the Lever principle.

Goods lifts - Push lift door & walk along keeping your arms straight -  that way your legs are doing the work; don’t drag doors or bend your back.     

  • Store heaviest objects at waist height, not floor or head height to make it easier to move them when needed.

  • Shelving - repeated moving books along shelf  should be done by standing and moving small amounts of items incrementally, not twisting the back and pushing them all together.