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Overview This talk will cover: considerations and good techniques for manual handling.
Considerations for manual handling
1 Always use mechanical handling methods instead of manual handling if possible, e.g. forklifts or pallet trucks, etc.
2 Know your capabilities; only tackle jobs that you can handle.
3 Can you handle the load yourself, or do you need assistance?
4 Is there a clear walkway with good lighting to the work area?
5 Where possible, establish the weight of the load before lifting.
6 Wear gloves to protect against cuts and punctures.
7 Wear safety boots or shoes to protect from falling loads.
8 Carry out a trial lift by rocking the load from side to side then try lifting it in a small amount to get a ‘feel’ for it.
Good handling technique
1 Stand reasonably close to the load, feet hip-width apart, one foot slightly forward pointing in the direction you’re going.
2 Bend your knees and keep your back straight.
3 Get a secure grip on the load.
4 Breathe in before lifting as this helps to support the spine.
5 Use a good lifting technique, keep your back straight and lift using your legs.
6 Keep the load close to your body.
7 Don’t carry a load that obscures your vision.
8 Lift slowly and smoothly.
9 Avoid jerky movements.
10 Avoid twisting your body when lifting or carrying a load.
11 When lifting to a height from the floor, do it in two stages.
12 When two or more people lift a load, one person must take control to co-ordinate the lift.
Note to supervisor: Now inform your workforce of the company policy regarding manual handling.
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