Manual Handling and Musculoskeletal Disorders

  • 2015

    Ergonomics - Good Practice in the Irish Workplace

    This publication demonstrates examples of how companies introduced a range of engineering and organisational improvements in the way work is carried out to avoid or reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injury. It describes a range of measures that companies can consider to minimise exposure of their workforce to poor ergonomic conditions.

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  • 2015

    Reducing the Manual Handling of Glazing Units - Information Sheet

    This information sheet focuses on risk-reduction measures for systems of work used for the manual handling of glazing units from a storage area on site to the point of installation.

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  • 2013

    Guide on Manual Handling Risk Management in Transport and Storage

    This guide gives practical information on actions that can be taken to manage the potential hazard of manual handling in transport and storage. It underlines the importance of taking an in-depth look at current work practices to identify potentially hazardous manual handling and, in consultation with staff, developing improved systems of work which will reduce unsafe manual handling. It is specifically focused on those work activities in transport and storage which involve loading and unloading of materials to and from vehicles.

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  • 2013

    Reducing the Manual Handling of Roof Panels

    This factsheet aims to highlight the physical risk factors associated with the manual handling of roof panels and to present examples of how such risk factors can be reduced.

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  • 2013

    Guide on Prevention and Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

    This guide gives practical information on actions that can be taken to prevent and manage Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in the workplace. The guide explains the main elements for preventing and managing MSDs in the workplace; including policy, risk assessment and safe system of work plans, training, accident and near miss investigation, Injury management (retention, rehabilitation and return to work), and Internal auditing. The areas covered in this guide are MSDs related to manual handling, use of display screen equipment (DSE) at computer workstations and work activities with increased risk of upper limb disorders (ULDs). The risk assessment, safe system of work plan (SSWP) and audit tool template in the appendices can be used to support the risk management process.

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  • 2013

    An Introduction to the Management of Manual Handling in the Construction Sector

    There are approximately 109,000 people working in the construction industry. It is a sector where the nature of work conducted varies greatly. However, it is also a sector where workers engage in work tasks which require a significant amount of manual handling. This guide has been put together as an introduction to the management of manual handling in the construction sector.

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  • 2013

    Guide on Manual Handling Risk Assessment in the Manufacturing Sector

    : This guide gives direction and practical information to those that work in the manufacturing sector on action that can be taken to manage the potential hazard of manual handling in the workplace. This is necessary in order to work towards preventing musculoskeletal injuries at work and reducing exposure to high financial costs including compensation claims.

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  • 2012

    Guide on the Prevention of Upper Limb Disorders (ULDs) in the Financial Sector

    The Financial Services sector employs 106,400 people in Ireland (HSA Statistics Report 2009). The nature of work in the financial services sector requires employees to work at computer workstations as a significant part of their normal work. There is a need to ensure that employees are protected from potential hazards in conducting their work at computer workstations.

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  • 2011

    Guidance on the Management of Manual Handling in Healthcare

    This guide provides practical information on managing the risk of injury from manual handling activities in the healthcare sector. The objective of providing such information is to ensure that manual handling work activities are reviewed, that hazards are identified, risks assessed and protective measures put in place to eliminate or reduce the risk of injury.

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  • 2010

    Guidance on the Manual Handling Training System - 2010 revision

    This work will support a key strategy of the Health and Safety Authority in the area of Occupational Health to protect workers’ health from any existing and emerging work related hazards and to encourage workplace practices that promote good health. The Health and Safety Authority endorses the requirements of the new Manual Handling Training System.

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