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Manual Handling

Manual Handling

Manual handling is defined as:

"the transportation or supporting of a load by one or more employees, and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving a load, which, by reason of its characteristics or of unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of back injury, to employees."

The risks associated with poor manual handling include:
1. Incorrect methods of lifting
2. Attempted lifting of excessive weight
3. Lifting of loads with sharp or awkward edges
4. Lifting of loads in confined spaces

The main injuries associated with incorrect manual handling are:
1. Back strain and slipped discs
2. Hernias
3. Lacerations and crushing of hands and fingers
4. Musculoskeletal disorders
5. Injured feet
6. Various sprains and strains

Manual Handling Risk Assessment and Training

A manual handling risk assessment must be completed wherever manual handling activities are carried out. The UCD SIRC Office has prepared a number of general manual handling risk assessments to assist. These documents may be amended as required or a specific task risk assessment must be completed.

(opens in a new window)UCDA1 Manual Handling (General) Risk Assessment

(opens in a new window)UCDB5 Manual Handling in the Office Risk Assessment

(opens in a new window)UCDE21 Manual Handling in the Lab Risk Assessment

Training in Safe Manual Handling Techniques should be provided to employees if deemed necessary by their assigned duties. Employees requiring Manual Handling Training must inform their manager in order to arrange the training. Please contact the UCD SIRC Office by emailing (opens in a new window)sirc@ucd.ie to arrange manual handling training if required. For further details on the Manual Handling Training course, please see the Training Courses page. 

Contact UCD SIRC Office

University SIRC Office, Roebuck Castle, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 8771 | E: sirc@ucd.ie