Moving and Handling Essay

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The Law on Manual Handling

The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

The act lays down three main areas of responsibility:

  1. The employer has a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy working environment.
      * Provide safe equipment and systems of work
      * Provide safety in connection with use, storage and transport of loads (including people) and hazardous substances.
      * Provide information, instruction, training and supervision.
      * Maintain a safe working environment.
      * Provides written Health and Safety.

  1. The employee has a responsibility to report where he/she feels that they are working at risk.
      * Take care of their own health and safety and that of others.
      * Co-operate to ensure own safety and that of others.
      * Not to damage or disable equipment.
      * Undertake necessary training.

A problem must be recognised.
An assessment must be made.
A solution should be found.
Staff must be trained in safer systems of work.
Staff has a responsibility to follow safe systems of work.

  2. Any equipment used at work must be maintained in good working order, safe to use and regularly checked.

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 revised 1998 and updated in 2004 (MHOR)

Manual Handling Operations include the transportation or supporting of a load i.e. lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, or moving: by hand or bodily force.

Each employer shall:
  a. So far as reasonably practicable, avoid the need for his/her employees to undertake any manual handling operations at work, which involve a risk of being injured.
  b. Make a suitable and sufficient assessment of all such manual handling operations that cannot be avoided.
  c. Take appropriate steps to reduce the risk of injury to those employees arising out of their undertaking any such manual handling operations to the lowest level reasonably practicable.

Employees
  a. Follow appropriate systems of work...

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