Manual handling causes more than one-third of all workplace injuries and features in almost everyone’s job in almost every sector. A manual handling activity that represents a significant risk should be avoided, automated or mechanised wherever possible.

Manual handling operations in healthcare settings commonly include the handling or moving of patients.

This topic outlines the steps that can be taken to manage manual handling operations effectively.

Employers' Duties

  • Employers have a general duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of all employees under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974.

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