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Revised and updated guidance on the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

This updated guidance explains how to avoid, assess and reduce the risk of injury from manual handling and is aimed at supporting employers and the self-employed to comply with the regulations.  

Changes since the last edition:

  • The publication has been restructured into four parts, with the regulations and brief guidance in Part 1 and more detailed guidance to help carry out risk assessments and control risks in Parts 2-4. Colour coding helps to identify the different parts.
  • The appendix contains risk filters which help identify those tasks that do not require a detailed assessment. It explains how HSE’s assessment tools can be used as part of the risk assessment process.
  • It reflects changes introduced for the self-employed by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (General Duties of Self-Employed Persons) (Prescribed Undertakings) Regulations 2015 and the Deregulation Act 2015 (Health and Safety at Work)(General Duties of Self-Employed Persons) (Consequential Amendments) Order 2015

In addition to this I have attached the following:

Risk assessment of pushing and pulling (RAPP) tool

  • This tool will practitioners to identify high-risk pushing and pulling operations and check the effectiveness of any risk-reduction measures.
  • There are two types of pulling and pushing operations you can assess using this tool: moving loads on wheeled equipment, such as hand trolleys, pump trucks, carts or wheelbarrows; moving loads without wheels, which might involve actions such as dragging/sliding, churning (pivoting and rolling) and rolling.
  • For each type of assessment there is a flow chart, an assessment guide and a score sheet. The flow charts provide an overview of the risk factors and assessment process, while the assessment guides provide information to help you determine the level of risk for each factor

Manual handling assessment charts (MAC):

  • MAC is a tool developed to help users identify high-risk workplace manual handling activities.
  • Employers and safety representatives can use the tool to assess the risks posed by lifting, carrying and team manual handling activities. It will help them to understand, interpret and categorise the level of risk of the various known risk factors associated with manual handling activities. MAC has a numerical and colour coding score system to highlight high-risk manual handling tasks.