Manual handling is the act of lifting or moving loads that is carried out manually by workers. These activities can include lifting, pulling, pushing, holding, stacking of heavy loads, such as boxes.
Even though we may not realise it, there are many risks that stem from manual handing, such has health hazards, damages to your back if you are repeatedly lifting heavy loads or lifting heavy loads incorrectly.
We have all attended the classic manual handling workplace meeting, you know the one, where an external trainer comes in and makes you all stand in a line and pick up an empty box!! Even though it may be boring at the time, they are actually teaching us a really important lesson, one which we should put into practise to prevent injury every time we lift a load, and not just in the workplace.
During this training session, we also learn how to stack the loads correctly to prevent the loads from creating a hazard, or a fatal accident from falling. This is essential skill to master, especially if your workers are expected to stack loads onto pallets and in containers.
However, not everyone will remember their manual handling training so it is important to remind them of their training when they are required to carry out manual handling. No, we don’t mean talk them through it each time they need to lift a box, this would prove to be extremely time consuming and expensive waste of time. We are talking about using visual reminders around your work place.
Here at Label Source, we produce a range manual handling safety signs and warning labels including signs that remind your workers to lift loads correctly, stack their loads correctly to prevent boxes falling, and to gently remind people to ask for help if they are tasked with moving a heavy load.
Not only do we produce safety signs, we also supply safety guides. These are more detailed signs talking through how to prevent injury by correctly lifting loads, and the manual handling regulations, so in the event your employee has forgotten how to lift correctly, they can refer to these guides.
Here at Label Source we stock a huge range of heavy lifting signs, cautionary labels and safety guides, however if you are looking for a specific sign, and you can not find it in our range, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us to discuss your requirements.