Manual Handling Risk Assessment


Incorrect manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work. It causes work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which account for over a third of all workplace injuries .

The Regulations require employers to:

  • avoid the need for hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable
  • assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling that can’t be avoided
  • reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably
Employees have duties too. They should:
  • follow systems of work in place for their safety
  • use equipment provided for their safety properly
  • cooperate with their employer on health and safety matters
  • inform their employer if they identify hazardous handling activities
  • take care to make sure their activities do not put others at risk.
  • Controlling the risk:

As part of managing the health and safety of your business, you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether you are doing enough to prevent harm. This process is known as a risk assessment and it is something you are required by law to carry out.

Manual Handling Risk Assessment

At GBS Health and Safety Services we have vast experience carrying out manual handling risk assessment. These can take a variety of forms but in general terms we adopt the following approach:

  1. A preliminary walk-through – to understand where handling tasks are performed and to decide upon the best assessment approach.
  2. General handling assessment (where needed) – to understand the task, the individual, the loads and the environment (known as TILE).
  3. Decide if more specialist assessments are required based on the general handling assessment. These are usually in the form of assessment of repetitive tasks (ART) assessments or by using the manual handling assessment chart ( the MAC tool). Informative links can be seen here ART and MAC.
  4. Provide documented and understandable reports and where required a detailed action plan.
  5. Our consultants have both consultancy and industry experience so are able to offer sound advice and practical solutions. Our Manual Handling Risk Assessment reports are detailed, thorough and most of all are a reflection of your activities and are not templates.

Manual Handling Risk Assessment is one of our most requested services.

If you are in need of manual handling risk assessment assistance – contact us to discuss your needs with us.

We also offer manual handling training – we can deliver this at our training facility or at your business premises. Call us to discuss your requirements.


Workers suffering from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (new or longstanding) in 2019/20

8.9 million

Working days lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders in 2019/20


Work-related musculoskeletal disorders account for 27% of all working days lost due to work-related ill health in 2019/20