Manual Handling

Handling heavy or awkwardly-shaped objects has the risk of causing injury, especially to your back. Use mechanical lifting aids wherever possible, or get help from someone else.

The departmental risk assessment for your job will identify aspects that may involve manual handling and will seek to eliminate or control such aspects.

If your job does entail manual handling operations you must receive training in the technique - contact your Manager or Supervisor.

The 'MAC' Tool:

Guidance and Further Information:


The HS&E Department can offer Manual Handling training. To register your interest, please contact or see the training pages.

  • Move IT (Interactive manual handling course - Birkbeck College. Requires 'Flash')

Further Information:

Manual Handling

Manual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. Bad manual handling techniques causes injuries, with manual handling being the single biggest cause of incidents resulting in over seven day incapacitation of workers.