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Manual Handling and the Law

Employers must comply with the risk assessment requirements set out in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 as well as the requirement in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) to carry out a risk assessment on manual handling tasks.


Employees must make full use of any safe system of manual handling the employer puts in place.


Regulation 4(1) of MHOR sets out a hierarchy of measures to reduce the risks of manual handling:

  • avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable;
  • assess any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided;
  • reduce the risk of injury so far as is reasonably practicable.
  • You must also review your assessments if they become out of date or if the tasks they refer to change.


Employees have general health and safety duties to:

  • follow appropriate systems of work laid down for their safety;
  • make proper use of equipment provided for their safety;
  • co-operate with their employer on health and safety matters;
  • take care to ensure that their activities do not put others at risk.


How can I ensure that my business is compliant with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations?

  • Ensure that you have up-to-date and concise Risk Assessment plans in place for all the manual handling tasks that your employees undertake.
  • Ensure that adequate and frequent manual handling training and refresher training for your employees is provided.
  • If you have your own Manual Handling Instructors, then you must ensure that your Instructor training and refresher commitments are being met.


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