Manual handling is the use of the human body, to lift, lower, fill, empty, or carry loads and includes climbing, pushing, pulling, and pivoting, all of which pose a risk of injury to the back/body. Techniques used to reduce or eliminate risks associated with manual handling tasks include:

  • The use of lifting aids.
  • Reducing the load.
  • Sharing the load.
  • Providing specific training in correct ergonomic lifting techniques

Injuries can result from a single incident, from the cumulative effects of manual handling or from repetitive actions. Potentially tasks that involve bending and/or twisting of the back, repetitive motions, the carrying or lifting of heavy loads and maintaining fixed positions for a long time can cause injury and/or ill health.

4Front provides manual handling instructors that are accredited to FETAC level 6.