1. What is Manual Handling?

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In this module we have seen that:

  • The most common manual handling injuries are to the back (mainly muscles and ligaments).
  • The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 require employers to ensure that all sources of risk are dealt with appropriately.
  • Employees should follow appropriate systems of work laid down for their safety.
  • It is estimated that around 9 million working days (full-day equivalent) are lost each year through MSDs that are caused or made worse by work.