Manual Handling Solutions for Farms (HSE AS23)

What do I need to do?

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers and the self-employed to assess risks to health and safety. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) complement these Regulations. If your general assessment identifies risks from manually handling loads, you should:

  • avoid the job if it is reasonably practicable to do so;
  • assess the operations that cannot be avoided;
  • take appropriate steps to reduce the risk of injury. Where possible, provide mechanical assistance such as handling aids. Where this is not reasonably practicable then explore changes to the task, the load and the working environment;
  • provide employees with general indications of the weight and nature of the load to be handled.
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