What are the 8 principles of manual handling?

What are the 8 principles of manual handling?

How much weight a person can carry (ergonomics)

Course objective: The objective of the course is to transmit theoretical and practical knowledge about the handling of objects (light or heavy) in an adequate way, taking into account the analysis of the location of the movement, the type of load, the ergonomic risks related to the activity and the importance of carrying out the correct lifting, aiming mainly at health and thus avoiding spinal injuries.

This course is coordinated by Dr. Alessandra Cordeiro, certified Manual Handling Instructor (QQI) and Managing Safely – Health and Safety at Work (IOSH), and Professional Instructor by the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD), being responsible for planning and implementation of the course, including guidance and monitoring of the student’s progress.

This online course covers the same content presented in the classroom course, meeting the requirements of the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland (HSA). The participant will have 14 days of access to our online platform to complete the course. Therefore, this Manual Handling course aims to provide knowledge on the following topics:

Manual handling of loads preventive measures

Before proposing the most appropriate preventive measures to avoid back injuries, let us learn about the main risk factors to which workers are exposed during the manual handling of loads:

4. The tasks of manual handling of loads should be organized in such a way as to alternate handling operations with other lighter tasks, such as controlling machinery, filling out worksheets, etc. When this is not possible, breaks should be interspersed to allow muscle recovery and prevent physical fatigue.

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Consequences of manual handling of loads

Thus, it is the regulatory development rules that must establish the minimum measures to be adopted for the adequate protection of workers. Among these are those designed to ensure that manual handling of loads does not give rise to risks, in particular dorsolumbar risks, for workers.

By virtue thereof, in accordance with Article 6 of Law 31/1995, of November 8, 1995, on the Prevention of Occupational Risks, at the proposal of the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, after consultation with the most representative business and trade union organizations, having heard the National Commission on Safety and Health at Work, in agreement with the Council of State and after deliberation of the Council of Ministers at its meeting of April 4, 1997,

1. The employer must adopt the necessary technical or organizational measures to avoid the manual handling of loads, especially through the use of equipment for the mechanical handling of the same, either automatically or controlled by the worker.

Manual handling of loads pdf

Ergonomic hazards are those that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the worker and result from awkward postures, continuous application of forces, repetitive movements and manual handling of loads in the workplace.  They may be present, for example, in parcel and delivery companies, moving companies, office cleaning services or stevedoring operations in commercial seaports.

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In any case, the Prevention Delegate must always have information on the result of the evaluation and the measures to be implemented by the company to eliminate or reduce risks to the minimum possible and must be consulted on the implementation of new technologies (e.g. computer applications), or the purchase of work equipment (e.g. new machines), which may give rise to new risks.

The Prevention Delegate must have access to the report derived from the evaluation process in all workplaces within the company. As for the Health and Safety Committee, it is the participatory body in the company, it discusses the implementation of new technologies and must be aware of all documents related to working conditions, including the risk assessment.

What are the 8 principles of manual handling?
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