The HSE has revised its guidance for employers on the subjects of manual handling and upper limb disorders.
The revised guidance’s are:
INDG143 Manual handling at Work: A brief guide (revision)
This leaflet is aimed at employers. It gives useful practical advice on reducing the risk of injury from manual handling. It:
explains the problem with manual handling;
includes simple risk filters for lifting and lowering, pushing and pulling and carrying operations to distinguish between low and high-risk tasks;
provides practical advice on making a risk assessment;
suggests ways of controlling the risks.
A free copy of this guidance can be found on the HSE website.
INDG171 Managing upper limb disorders in the workplace: A brief guide (revision)
This leaflet is aimed at employers. It gives practical advice on reducing the risk of upper limb disorders (ULDs) which affect the shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers, as well as the neck. It explains:
what upper limb disorders are;
their symptoms and causes;
how to manage the risks around them;
what employers can do to help their workers.
A free copy of this guidance can be found here
Source: HSE website
Last year, the HSE also reminded employers of their duties to protect workers against musculoskeletal damage. Employers were reminded that they had not fulfilled their duties just by sitting workers in front of a DVD or power-point training presentation.
Although training plays an important role, employers have a duty to fully assess the risks of musculoskeletal damage. This is undertaken by carrying out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of activities including talking to workers involved.
If you require any help with manual handling or ULD assessments, or require a template for assessing risks, just get in touch.