Manual handling regulations to stay the same after Brexit

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), health and safety regulations after Britain leaves the European Union will remain the same as they are at the present time.

Manual handling is regulated under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2002), which is commonly known an MHOR, and these regulations will not change whether there is a no-deal Brexit or not. The HSE has said that it will maintain the high standard of health and safety in the UK whatever deal is reached with the European Union. All UK companies are obliged to protect the health and safety of their workers.

The regulations define manual handling as:

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

In warehouses, goods are manually lifted onto trolleys and moved to packing stations ready for dispatch. A warehouse trolley manufacturer has a responsibility to make sure that its trolleys are safe to use and suitable to carry the loads that they are designed for. Trolleys need to be strong and easy to push and pull.

Injuries occur when goods are not lifted correctly or workers have not been trained in safe manual handling techniques. The law requires employers to take responsibility for ensuring that workers manually handle goods correctly. The regulations insist that any manual handling operation should be risk assessed and the right safety instructions need to be given.

Posted by Katrina
2nd September 2019
Health & Safety

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