Manual Handling Risk Assessment Checklist

Use the Manual Handling Risk Assessment Checklist to identify, evaluate, and mitigate risks associated with manual handling tasks from lifting to training.

Manual Handling Risk Assessment Checklist



General

1. Is the working space too narrow?


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2. Are handling devices for lifting, carrying and pushing/pulling activities missing?


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3. Are movements and postures of workers complicated by clothing or personal protective equipment?


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4. Are there obstacles, such as boxes or pallets, in the working area or on the carrying route?


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Lifting

1. Does the position of the load provoke bad postures: above shoulder height (provoking reaching/backward bending)?


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2. Does the position of the load provoke bad postures:beneath knuckle height (provoking forward bending)?


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3. Does the position of the load provoke bad postures:on the left or right side of the body (provoking twisting)?


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4. Are the objects awkwardly stacked?


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Carrying

1. Are loads being carried over long distances? (more than 2 metres in case of repetitive handling and more than 10 metres in other circumstances)


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2. Does the carrying activity impose bad posture and movement?


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Pushing/pulling

1. Does the pulling/pushing task provoke bad posture, such as a handling height above the shoulder or below the waist ?


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Work Environment

1. Does the task occur in adverse environmental conditions:at extreme temperatures (too high or too low)?


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2. Does the task occur in adverse environmental conditions:in inadequate lighting conditions (too dark, too high contrast)?


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3. Does the task occur in adverse environmental conditions: in windy conditions (air movement)?


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4. Does the task occur in adverse environmental conditions: that are too humid or too dry?


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5. Does the task occur in adverse environmental conditions:that are too noisy?


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6. Is the floor of bad quality: rough?


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7. Is the floor of bad quality: too soft?


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8. Is the floor of bad quality:slippery?


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9. Is the floor of bad quality:variation in levels?


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10. Is the floor of bad quality:cluttered?


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11. Is the floor of bad quality:any other tripping hazard?


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12. Are there edges on surfaces along the carrying route or working area that may cause cuts, abrasion or burns to the hands or body?


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Individual Capacity, Skills And Training Level

1. Is the worker inexperienced, untrained or unskilled?


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2. Is the task dangerous for pregnant women?


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3. Is the task dangerous for workers with health problems such as back pain?


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4. Does the worker have any loose clothing that may get entangled in the handling device?


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The Weight And Specific Characteristics Of The Load

1. Is the load too heavy when it is being handled from a standing position?


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2. Is the load too heavy when it is being handled from a sitting position?


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3. Is the load difficult to grasp and/or hold because of its : instability?


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4. Is the load difficult to grasp and/or hold because of its : volume (bulky)?


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5. Is the load difficult to grasp and/or hold because of its : shape?


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6. Is the load difficult to grasp and/or hold because of its : surface material?


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7. Is the load harmful because of its sharp edges?


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8. Is the load harmful because of its high or low temperature?


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9. Is the load harmful because of its dangerous substance?


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10. Is the carried load unstable or does it force the worker to make sudden movements to assert control?


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11. Does the load block the worker’s view?


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Task And Organisation Of Work

1. Is the load being lifted/carried/pushed or pulled in a repetitive manner?


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2. Do the workers often have to carry out manual handling tasks urgently?


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3. Can the task be defined as monotonous?


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4. Does a machine or production process impose the activity speed or frequency?


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5. Is the recovery and/or rest time insufficient?


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6. Have workers little control over the work and working methods?


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7. Does the task require awkward postures like twisting the trunk, bending the back forwards or backwards, reaching, holding objects far from the body?


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8. Does the task require a great amount of force?


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9. Is the pulling/pushing activity done without using the body’s own weight?


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