Manual Handling mainly includes any transporting or supporting of any types of the load by one or more workers, and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving a load, which by reason of its properties or unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of back injury, to employees.
Carrying out a manual handling risk evaluation of surviving manual handling tasks before making a knowledgeable decision on what manual handling tasks need to be avoided or reduced. Building tasks to allow the use of mechanical or other means to avoid or decrease the need for the manual handling of loads by employees in the workplace. The most common manual handling injuries that occur in manufacturing industries involve sprains and strains, back injuries, foot injuries, and abdominal hernias. There are some tips to avoid these injuries during the manual handling task. Some useful tips for safe manual handling in the workplace are::
1. Conduct a manual handling risk assessment
2. Ensure Employees have the correct Manual Handling Training
3. Use mechanical aids
4. Plan the lift before you start
5. Wear suitable clothes
6. Know your limits before performing the task
7. Push the load rather than pull it
8. Bend your knees
9. Keep your head up
10. Hug your load and avoid twisting or leaning
The hazards can be avoided or reduced through the initiation of appropriate organizational measures, for example, improved design of a work area to reduce unnecessary long carrying distances or the use of appropriate means, in particular, mechanical equipment. Manual Handling is a natural activity that takes place in every workplace, and in some cases, the activity does not pose a problem.