Manual handling happens every day in every workplace, from moving a bed-bound patient in a nursing home to lifting sheets of plasterboard or carrying boxes of files in the office. Many workplaces have no guidance for their staff, advising them what they should or should not attempt to lift or carry.
This Manual Handling Policy has been written to allow you to set the boundaries of what you want people to move without the assistance of trollies, karts etc. The intention of this policy is to provide clear information to your staff about manual handling, to make sure that everyone is focused on correct manual handling procedures and it should also help to reduce the chances of your staff being off sick with a bad back. This policy is suitable for any type of business, large or small.
The policy makes reference to the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) and sets out the basic requirements of ‘Avoid, Assess, Reduce’.
This Manual Handling Policy is a very simple, easy to understand, two-page document written by a Manual Handling trainer. By implementing this, the business owner is showing their commitment to keeping their workforce healthy and uninjured.