Thursday, 2 June 2016

Manual handling at work and risk assessments


All employers must comply with the risk assessment requirements set out in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. These regulations require employers to apply control measures to prevent or reduce the risk of injury to their employees from manual handling. Manual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling.

Assessing and reducing the risk of injury

Nazmin Chowdhury of Garden House Solicitors
Article by Nazmin Chowdhury
Risks can be found in all work sectors and employers will be asked by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to provide copies of all risk assessments carried out. This will then be assessed by a safety representative to ensure that the employer is preventing and controlling hazards. If a safety representative thinks that there is a risk of injury then under Regulation 4 the employer must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk by: 
  • Avoiding hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable
  • Making a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided
  • Reducing the risk of injury from those operations so far as is reasonably practicable 
  • Avoiding hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable.
  • Making a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided.

  • Reducing the risk of injury from those operations so far as is reasonably practicable.



In addition, Regulation 5 requires employees to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions. They must convey this to their employers in order to assist them in complying with their health and safety duties.

If you are an employer and would like to advice on putting a risk assessment into place or alternatively an employee who has suffered an injury at work from manual handling then please contact me on 01992 422128 or email nazmin@ghslaw.co.uk

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