Unit 066.6 pc 3
Explain how to protect themselves when lifting and handling children and equipment in the work setting
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is an Act of the Parliament that as of 2008 defines the, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare within the United Kingdom. It outlines the responsibility of all to consider and act concerning their own safety and that of others. Not acting in a situation that warrants something done to prevent a possible injury or to remove the threat of a health and safety issue is considered negligent if the action were ‘reasonably practicable’. Staff are expected to keep areas tidy and clutter free to help avoid ...view middle of the document...
Manual Handling is defined as “any transport or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force”.
Manual Handling Operations Regulations (as amended) 1992(MHOR).
The MHOR 1992 establish a clear hierarchy of measures for dealing with risks form manual handling, these are:-
Avoid hazardous manual handling operations s far as is reasonably practicable.
Assess any hazards manual handling operations that cannot be avoided.
Reduce the risk of injury so far is reasonably practicable.
A detailed assessment of every manual handling operation could be a major undertaking and might involve wasted effort. Many handling operations, for example the occasional lifting of a small light weight object will involve negligible handling risks.
A risk assessment will normally need to take account of additional information such as individual capabilities (factors) and should conform to the requirement in the MHOR 1992 regulations.
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