Category Archives: Guidance & Advice

Back Care Awareness Week 2019 – Manual Handling Management

This week is Back Care Awareness Week and Havio would like to share some ideas on how to look after your back at work. This article focuses on Manual Handling Management.

Manual handling is defined by current regulations as the transport or support of a load by hand or bodily force. This includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying, manoeuvring or transporting. The Manual Handling operations Regulations (MHOR) legislation was first introduced in 1992 and adopted into UK legislation and updated in 2002. Manual handling is one of the key health and safety concerns in the workplace as almost every organisation in any sector, have some form of manual handling activities being carried out.

So, what does good manual handling management look like? The regulations state that employers must:

  • Identify if your business activities include any manual handling tasks.
  • Avoid the need for hazardous manual handling, so far as reasonably practicable.
  • Assess the risk of injury from any manual handling task that cannot be avoided.
  • Reduce the risk of injury from manual handling, so far as reasonably practicable.

Some ideas below on reducing the risk of injury:

  • Plan the lift and carefully consider whether additional lifting aids are needed. A manual handling risk assessment may also be required at this stage.
  • Reduce the distance of the lift where possible.
  • Map out your route and remove any objections that may cause an obstruction.
  • Wear suitable clothing that doesn’t threaten or obstruct the lift.
  • Ensure you have good grip on the load, whether lifting, pushing or pulling.
  • Ensure the person handling the load has completed adequate training.


Havio offer Manual Handling classroom training and an eLearning module.

We believe that the classroom training is more engaging than the eLearning as the classroom-type setting will allow employees to work together, share ideas and learn from each other, as well as from their trainer. Another benefit to the classroom training is that your employees will learn in a practical environment. The classroom training is 4 hours and gives delegates a chance to understand more about the problems that can arise with manual handling, how these come about and how the body works. The course can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

The eLearning awareness module that we offer has a duration of approximately 30 minutes and is designed to reduce the risk of injury from carrying out manual handling tasks.

For further information on our training courses, please see our eLearning training brochure or our classroom training brochure. Alternatively, please contact us on 0333 577 0248.

HSE Construction Health Inspection Initiative

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative from 17th June. This initiative will continue the focus on health, in particular the measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts when carrying out common construction tasks.

Priority is often given to safety but thousands more workers suffer ill-health at work than are harmed by at-work accidents. Asbestos and dust are ‘slow killers’. HSE estimates that annually there are around 8,000 work-related cancer deaths a year.

The construction industry accounts for around 3,500 of these deaths with asbestos and silica the major causes. Construction businesses and workers need to be aware of how dangerous and hazardous such substances can be to someone’s health.

Dust is an issue within the construction industry and something our CDM consultants see regularly. We have experience in supporting our customers with pragmatic advice on how to control this during health and safety inspections or we can offer training/toolbox talks on site.

HSE inspectors will be looking to ensure those involved with construction projects know the risks, properly plan their work and use the right controls.

Please contact us if you would like more information on how we can help with managing Health and Safety at construction site or workplace.

Further information:

HSE Dustbuster Campaign 

HSE Construction Information Sheet – Construction Dust