Manual Handling

Manual Handling is the transportation or supporting of a load (including lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving) by hand or by bodily force. The term ‘load’ includes objects, people and animals. The requirements of this Policy are based on the principle that staff and/or students shall not undertake manual handling tasks having the potential to cause harm, unless they have, in the first instance, been risk assessed. Where the risk assessment identifies it to be necessary, prior to an activity being undertaken, appropriate training shall be provided, together with any essential manual handling and personal protective equipment being available.

The following documents relate to manual handling:

Further guidance on manual handling can be found at the following links:

Where any doubt exists as to the action to be taken or advice and assistance is required, please contact the College Director of Health and Safety.


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