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As well as the general risk assessment requirements set out in the Management Regulations, there is a requirement in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) to carry out a risk assessment on manual handling tasks.
The main areas to focus on are;
The guidance on the manual handling Regulations contains a risk assessment filter and checklist to help employers assess manual handling tasks. A revised version of the manual handling guidance was published in March 2004. It also includes a checklist to help you assess the risk posed by workplace pushing and pulling activities.
HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have also produced the Manual Handling Assessment Chart (MAC), which can be used to help identify high-risk tasks. The MAC does not comprise a full risk assessment, as some aspects, such as individual factors, are not covered.
The MAC tool and more specific guidance is available in the downloads section.
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