Manual Handling Online Training
Various work-related activities are covered under the term manual handling, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, and carrying. In layman's terms, manual handling refers to any activity that can lead to injury if not performed properly.
Whenever there is a potential for injury in a manual handling task, you will need to conduct a manual handling assessment. This will allow you to identify key components of the operation and advise you on how to control them. Often called TILE, an assessment considers the task, the individual, the load, and the environment.
We've put together a quick-start guide for carrying out an initial risk assessment using the TILE system:
You should first determine what the task is, and whether the activity requires twisting, stooping, bending, travelling, pushing, pulling, sudden movements of the load, team handling, or sitting.
It is necessary to take into account that individuals' physical capabilities vary, and it is imperative to determine the physical capability of each individual before you begin a task. Any employee with a known disability or injury should be evaluated with special consideration.
How heavy is the load? Is it hot or cold? Is it difficult to grasp? Is it secure? All of these questions need to be answered to assess the difficulty of the task at hand.
The working environment may increase a person's risk of injury so it's critical to pay attention to it. Before you begin, be aware of floor conditions (e.g. is the floor wet?), space limitations, dim lighting, poor ventilation, and poor weather conditions.