Laws and Guidelines
Overview of Manual Handling Laws and Recommendations


Risk Assessment
Risk Assessment has become a common phrase in most workplaces, and has stemmed from specific Laws and Regulations over the years.

In essence, it is a formal and evidenced method of identifying any risks that individuals may be exposed to within their daily work, and offering safer options to each individual by avoiding the task if possible, or minimising any risk inherent within the whole task.

Many court cases have been lost as a result of inadequate Risk Assessments

Aims of Manual Handling Risk Assessment

  • To identify/establish level of risk to employees
  • To explore opportunities for employees to avoid undertaking manual handling tasks
  • To reduce the risk of injury to employees

Laws relevant to Manual Handling

The Laws and Regulations listed below represent just how diverse and complex Manual Handling can be

  • Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR)(as amended 2002)
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
  • The Provision and Use of Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
  • The Reporting of Injuries and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)
  • The NMC Code of Professional Conduct 2002
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992 (DSER)(as amended 2002)
  • Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 - National Care Standards
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Duty of Care
  • Human Rights Act 1998

Other Laws and Regulations may be looked at in any legal action.

Manual Handling Passport
In 2003 the Manual Handling Passport Scheme was introduced in Wales, with the aim of standardising training, allowing people to move easier between organisations.

The Manual Handling Passport Scheme has since been rolled out to other Countries. In 2009 it began in Scotland, within the National Health Service, with the intention that other organisations would follow.

The Passport Scheme sets out defined criteria for employers, ensuring that Manual Handling (Moving and Handling) training and systems meet recommended levels of practice and implementation.

Highland Neuromuscular Movement Services can offer you further assistance, allowing you to identify your needs for meeting the Manual Handling Passport Scheme.