Manual handling is a major cause of injury at work. Statistics show that handling currently accounts for over one third of all reported accidents at work. All manual handling work needs to comply with the requirements set out in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
Most manual handling operations in classroom/office areas (as opposed to workshops and laboratories) will probably be confined to lifting and moving items such as papers, files, books, office waste, portable equipment such as laptop computers.
A manual handling assessment should be made of the task to be performed, and steps taken to reduce the risk as far as possible. Good handling techniques are essential when carrying out the task.
If you require a manual handling assessment, please contact your School or Department health and safety adviser.
Further information on training is available from the Safety Office and Staff Development.