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Manual Handling Operations

Each year over 100 million days of certified sickness absence are attributed to back injury in the United Kingdom.

Manual Handling OperationsIt is reasonable to expect that by applying safety in the workplace, the number and severity of injuries relating to manual handling will be reduced.  This includes serious back injuries, acute low back pain and other work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), together with problems in the neck, shoulders, knees, arms and hands.

Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common form of work related ill-health in the UK.  Neck and upper limb disorders and damage to the musculoskeletal system are common disorders leading to disability.

Injury such as sprains, strains, pain and damage to the back are rarely fatal but can lead to permanent disability.  Many of these problems are temporary and can be resolved easily by analysis of injury data, direct observation and proper consultation.  However, if left unattended, minor problems can often lead to permanent disability.

Current UK legislation aims to reduce the number of hazards associated with manual handling operations at work; as an employer you have a legal responsibility for the safety and welfare of your employees.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2002) aim to reduce the risk of injury attributed to manual handling operations at work.

The regulations require you as an employer to assess work activities involving manual handling in order to identify potential risks.

The need for employees to undertake manual handling operations at work (involving potential risk of injury) should be avoided as far as reasonably practicable; where this is not practicable, an assessment of the operation must be made and appropriate steps taken to reduce the risk of injury.

An ICM manual handling assessment utilises a risk based approach that identifies the risks and provides technical, practical and cost effective processes to reduce potential accidents and injuries in the workplace.

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