Work through the following list to control manual handling risks at your workplace. In many instances, a combination of approaches will result in the best solution.
1. Eliminate the manual handling risk
The best option is to remove the hazard completely, so you should always try to do this first.
Example: Get in the appropriate equipment to do the work mechanically, and train staff in its use.
2. Change the workplace, the objects used or the way the job is done
If you can’t remove the hazard, minimise the risk by changing the workplace layout, environment or work methods, replacing the objects used in the task, or using mechanical equipment or aids.
Example: Provide trolleys and adjustable workbenches and seating; break loads into smaller quantities or use team lifting.
3. Provide training
If the other methods will not totally solve the problem, or if they’re not suitable, you can use information and training to show employees how to do manual handling tasks with least risk.
Example: Train people involved in team lifting.
Risk controls is the next stage in fixing your hazards