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Control measure

Correct manual handling techniques

Control measure knowledge

All employers must comply with the risk assessment requirements set out in:

The requirement to carry out a risk assessment for manual handling tasks is contained in: 

All employees must make full use of any safe system of manual handling their employer puts in place.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services must:
  • Make a suitable and sufficient assessment of manual handling operations that involve a risk of injury
  • Ensure all personnel are aware of the duty to carry out a risk assessment on manual handling tasks

  • Ensure all personnel are aware of their responsibility to use the safe system of manual handling provided

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Consider the provision of or access to engineering controls that can assist with manual handling tasks

Tactical actions

All personnel should:
  • Consider the task, individual capabilities, load and environment (TILE) when carrying out risk assessments for manual handling

  • Consider using machinery or other equipment to assist with manual handling

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider task rotation when personnel are carrying out manual handling tasks

  • Request additional or specialist resources to assist with manual handling tasks

  • Ensure personnel adopt the provided safe system of manual handling