Manual Handling Risk Assessment

Professional Manual Handling Risk Assessment
Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005, and the General Applications Regulations 2007 Chapter 4, Part 2, S.I 299 of 2007, it is the duty of employers to take organisational measures to design their workplace, work processes, workstations and systems of work to eliminate manual handling in so far as is reasonably practicable. Where this is not possible the employer must assess, or get a competent person to do it on their behalf, any residual risk posed and reduce it to levels which are acceptable in the interim.

The risk assessment must take account of organisational new technology or mechanical aid developments. It must be allied to: employee suitability, proper fitting and use of PPE, prevention policies and the correct level of training, instruction and supervision.

The Health and Safety Authority have indicated that 35% of all reportable accidents in the work place are initiated by manual handling issues. These can have serious consequences for the injured person and the employer’s business.

Control measures are then identified to combat/reduce these manual handling risks

EazySAFE [incorporating Phoenix Safety] can provide a consultant to carry out and record a comprehensive manual handling assessment, for all you work areas, on your behalf. This will take into account any manual handling hazards that may be encountered within your business by employees or others. Our consultants have a wide range of experience across all types of employment from industry, commercial, retail, local authority, government departments, and educational and financial institutions.

Objectives of Manual Handling Assessments

To identify for the employer work place problems with:

  • Work Tasks e.g. twisting, stooping or reaching upwards; strenuous pushing/pulling; repetitive or frequent handling or lifting; long carrying distances; a work rate imposed by a process; holding loads away from the trunk; large vertical movements; unpredictable movement of loads, etc
  • Loads e.g. heavy, bulky or unwieldy; difficult to grasp; unstable; harmful (sharp, hot)
  • Work environment e.g. poor floors; variations in levels; posture constraints; work climate conditions; lighting; movement restricted by clothes/PPE
  • Individual capacity e.g. require unusual capability; pregnant women; endanger those with a health problem; call for special, tailored information or training

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