Manual Handling Operations Regulations

There are many regulations which surround manual handling, due to the fact it is used in almost every workplace. It is essential that as an employer, you know if your business is in compliance with the laws on manual handling.

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The main legislation which regulates manual handling in the workplace is the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. This legislation states that employers have a legal obligation to ensure a suitable and sufficient manual handling risk assessment has been carried out at their place of work.

Under the legislation, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure the regulations have been met. Failure to do so will result in the employer being held accountable. This could result in heavy fines, large compensation payouts and even jail terms. Therefore, it is essential that you ensure your workplace is meeting manual handling regulations.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 state that employers must:

  • Where possible, avoid using manual handling
  • If unavoidable, assess the risk of any manual handling in the workplace
  • Reduce the risk of an incident as far as is reasonably practicable.

Under these regulations and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the use of manual handling in the workplace has strict enforcement. Employers must ensure that an adequate risk assessment has been conducted that will protect employees from the hazards of manual handling operations.

Manual Handling Act

In order to ensure that these regulations are being met, along with other regulations related to manual handling such as the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), a competent person is required.

A competent person will have experience, training and the necessary qualifications needed in order to meet the required regulations.

We can provide you with a professional consultancy team who will ensure a comprehensive and robust assessment, providing you with full coverage which would stand up to the manual handling operations regulations.

Our NEBOSH-accredited team are capable of working effectively across a variety of workplaces to implement measures which will reduce the risk of manual handling incidents.

Call our helpful and reliable customer care team today for more information and advice on how we can help you meet your manual handling requirements. We can give you the answers to any queries you have, and we can also offer you a free quote on our services. So call us today on 0800 211 8331.

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