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What Does AARR and CoG Stand For in Manual Handling?

AARR and CoG are initialisms used within health and safety guidance, training and documentation to refer to basic procedures to help you lift and carry things safely. So what do AARR and CoG stand for, what could they mean to you, and how should they be carried out?

What does CoG mean in manual handling? CoG stands for Centre of Gravity, and it refers to the centre of your body's mass. Understanding where your CoG is when lifting, and shifting the weight you are lifting accordingly, helps you lift heavy objects, safely.

What does AARR mean in manual handling?
AARR stands for:

  • Assess
  • Avoid
  • Review
  • Reduce

Following these 4 aspects of lifting help you and others around you lift things safely.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about CoG and AARR. We will discuss what they both mean in detail, allowing you to properly lift heavy objects in your workplace or home. This is in accordance with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992), which is the guidance provided by the government for manual handling, and the risks involved.