Manual Handling Operations Regulations

Applies to EnglandApplies to WalesApplies to Scotland

Title: Manual Handling Operations Regulations

Category: England, Wales and Scotland Regulations

Date: 1992

Reference: SI 1992/2793 [Full text]

General Description:

These Regulations give to EU legislation on the minimum health and safety requirements for the manual handling of loads where there is a risk (particularly of back injury) to workers.

Tyey require each employer:

  1. so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, to avoid the need for his employees to undertake manual handling operations at work which involve a risk of their being injured; or

  2. where it is not reasonably practicable to avoid the need for his employees to undertake any manual handling operations at work which involve a risk of their being injured:

    1. to assess all such manual handling operations to be undertaken by them,

    2. to reduce the risk of injury to those employees arising out of their undertaking any such manual handling operations to the lowest level reasonably practicable, and

    3. to provide any of those employees who are undertaking any such manual handling operations with certain information about the loads to be carried by them; and

  3. in some circumstances, to review (and where necessary change) any assessment.

Where these Regulations impose duties on employers in respect of their employees those duties are also imposed on self-employed persons in respect of themselves. They also require each employee (while at work) to make full and proper use of systems of work provided for his use by his employer in compliance with that employer's duty under these Regulations.

Pertinence to Agriculture: Health and Safety

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