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Manual Handling Assessments


Manual Handling Risk Assessments

Health and Safety requires employees to undertake suitable and sufficient risk assessments; part of a risk assessors duties will include assessing manual handling risks.


Duties on an Employer include;


Employers shall as far as it is reasonably practicable, avoid the need for their employees to undertake any manual handling operations at work that involve a risk of them being injured. This is broken down in three key requirements.


1.Avoid - the need for hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable, e.g. use mechanical devices;

2.Assess - the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling that can't be avoided; and

3.Reduce - the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practical.


Manual handling risk assessments should guides the risk assessor through the manual handling risk assessment ensuring the risk assessment is undertaken in a plan and systematic way.


Manual Handling Risk Assessment should consider the following area;


Task Details: Task, Location, Individual, Number of Staff, Assessor, Dates etc

The Task:  What's Involved, Which Parts of the Body are Used, Lift Methods i.e. stretching, twisting etc, work rates, PPE etc

The Load: The Weight, Size, Shape, Rigid or Flexible, Unevenly Weighted etc, Contains Hazardous, Load Wet or Slippery etc

The Environment:  Space Constraints, Floor Conditions, Light Conditions, Weather Conditions, Distractions, Obstructions, Proximity to Danger area (rivers, lakes, cesspits) etc

The Individual: Strength Required, Training Skills Required, PPE requirements, Risk to new or expectant mothers, accident stats for task etc


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Risk Rating: TIRA uses typical occupational health and safety quantitative assessment ratings as shown in the following guidelines.


5x5 Risk Assessment Matrix

Likelihood Severity (consequences)


5. Almost Certain

4. Probable

3. Possible

2. Possible (under unfortunate circumstances)

1. Rare


Severity (consequences)


5. Fatality

4. Major Injury, resulting in disability

3. Injury Requires, Doctor’s or Hospital attendance

2. Minor Injury, 1st Aid required

1. Minor Injury, 1st Aid not required


TIRA's task inventory risk assessment guides the risk assessor through the task inventory risk assessment ensuring the task inventory is produced in an efficient and systematic way.


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Additional Risk Assessment in our TIRA software;


1.Task Inventory Risk Assessments

2.Tasked Based Risk Assessments

3.Work Equipment Risk Assessments

4.Manual Handling Risk Assessments

5.Workplace Risk Assessments

6.Hazardous Substances Risk Assessments

7.Fire Precautions Risk Assessments

8.First Aid Risk Assessments

9.Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Risk Assessments

10.Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Risk Assessments

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