Manual Handling Operations Regulations
The Regulations require employers to ensure "so far as is reasonably practicable" that employees should not be asked to carry out manual handling work where there is a risk of being injured. Where such work is necessary, employers are required to make an assessment of the risks involved, take any appropriate steps required to ensure that risks are kept to a minimum, and provide employees undertaking such work with information about the weight of each load and the heaviest side of any load which has a non-centrally positioned centre of gravity. Schedule 1 of the Regulations outlines the factors that employers should take into account when carrying out an assessment of the risks associated with manual handling tasks.
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