In the regulations, manual handling is defined as “…any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, lowering, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force.”
TILE stands for task, individual, load and environment. LITE is the same with the letters mixed round. The terms are used as the framework for manual handling risk assessments. To find out more visit our blog.
The legislation dedicated to manual handling in the workplace is The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. You can view these here.
Manual handling is the cause of over a third of all reported workplace injuries, including work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and repetitive strain injuries.
It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure workplace risk assessments are conducted. Risk assessments must be undertaken by a competent person, the assessments can be outsourced to a competent consultant(s) if its felt that there isn’t the competence in the organisation.
Employers are responsible in ensuring manual handling activities with a risk of injury are avoided where possible. Where lifting cannot be avoided, risk should be reduced so far as is reasonably practicable.
Poorly managed manual handling operations is one of the most common causes of injury at work. As well as it being a legal requirement, undertaking manual handling training can help reduce the likelihood of injuries and musculoskeletal disorders occurring amongst employees and will help managers become competent in undertaking risk assessments and developing safe systems of work with workers.
Before assessing what is a good handling technique, it is important to initially look at avoiding the need to undertake manual handling in all its forms. If that’s not possible then reducing the risks associated with the manual handling task is the next step which might mean using a mechanical aid or changing the task, load or working environment.
When a lift operation still needs to be undertaken, a good techniques would include:
Although there is no legal safe limit set within the regulations, the HSE provides guidelines for lifting and lowering loads. You can view these here.