Definition of Manual Handling

What is Manual Handling?

Manual handling is defined as “the transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or by bodily force”.

A load is defined as “a person, an inanimate object or an animal”.

This definition is taken from the Manual Handling Operations Regulations, 1992, updated 1998. Regulation 2(1)

Manual handling is one of the most common activities within the home and at work and is one of the most common causes of muscle strain, sprain injury and back pain.