Manual Handling Risk Assessments


Manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work and causes over a third of all workplace injuries which include work related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) such as upper and lower limb pain/disorders, joint and repetitive strain injuries of various.

It is a statutory duty for employers who undertake Manual Handling activities to assess the associated risks involved with such activities. The Manual Handling Risk Assessment is a five stage process and involves:

  • looking for the hazards;
  • deciding who might be harmed and how;
  • evaluating the risks and deciding whether the existing precautions are adequate or whether more should be done;
  • recording your findings and telling your employees about them; and
  • reviewing your assessment and revising it if necessary


  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (2002)


 We provide comprehensive assistance for your company to meet compliance:

  • In conjunction with you, formulate a list of activities to be assessed, and develop an action plan to assess each activity based on priority
  • Formulate a detailed data base
  • Conduct Manual Handling Risk Assessments and produce action plan to implement control measures to reduce the risks to an acceptable level
  • One to one instruction with your companies Competent Person, on the methodology to undertake Manual Handling Risk Assessments

Following completion of your Manual Handling Risk Assessments we can set up periodic reviews with you and if required undertake training sessions to train further employees to assist in conducting further Manual Handling Risk Assessments.

Contact us for more details on our Manual Handling Risk Assessment service.

Further free online information:

The HSE has developed tools to help employers analyse lifting and moving (MAC tool), repetitive tasks like twisting, bending, and repeated movements (ART tool) and a push pull tool. Depending on the task, you may have to use more than one tool to fully risk assess, for example you may need to pick up a box of items (Lifting), carry it to a workstation (carrying) then distribute it to other locations such as pigeon holes or a filing cabinet (bending, stretching, repetition).

For more information about each tool click on the following links:

  • MAC Tool[1] – lifting, carrying, lowering
  • ART Tool[2] – repetitive tasks, stretching bending, awkward posture
  • Push/Pull tool[3] – moving loads by pushing and pulling
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