This manual handling safety toolbox talk:
Manual handling can be described as the use of force exerted by a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move, hold or restrain any animate or inanimate object.
Manual handling is the cause of many workplace injuries, particularly musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s) and repetitive movement strain injuries.
Safe manual handling refers to the methods used to safely move or lift objects by hand. There are many potential hazards when performing manual handling tasks and these hazards can lead to serious injuries, including back pain, muscle strains, and hernias. To reduce the risk of injury, it is important to use safe manual handling techniques.
This manual handling safety toolbox talk can help you train workers and enable your business to provide a safe working environment and safe systems of work. The toolbox talk provides information on how to identify hazardous manual tasks, assess the risk factors and determine appropriate control measures.
No person should ever attempt to lift any object beyond their lifting capacity. If an object appears to be too heavy, seek assistance or use a mechanical lifting device such as a pallet jack or forklift. When lifting an object, follow these simple guidelines to avoid injuries.
A typical workplace will require many different tasks and a great deal of these will involve manual handling. It is therefore essential that our bodies are prepared for these situations.
Note: Flexibility is one of the key factors in helping to reduce muscle strain during manual handling. As such, it is recommended that all personnel undertake stretching exercises before manual handling.
This 2-page toolbox talk on manual handling safety can assist you train employees to identify hazardous manual tasks, assess the risk factors and determine appropriate control measures to avoid manual handling injuries.