Manual handling includes lifting, pushing, pulling, lowering, carrying, moving, holding or restraining an object, animal or person.
For example, unloading linen off a truck the wrong way could hurt you or other workers, especially if the load is too heavy.
- Plan - how you are going to move or lift the object? What equipment you might need or who will help you
- Prepare - put on your PPE and make sure you have enough room to move and there is nothing in your way. If the load is heavy, get help to move it using another person or a trolley
- Position - get yourself in the right lifting position (or position the trolley in the right place if the load is heavy).
- Perform - lift the object carefully, making sure you don't bend, twist or move your body sideways
Manually load the machine
Laundry workers must take special care not to injure themselves when they are loading soiled linen into a washing machine by hand.
Operators move the loaded trolley close to the open door of the washing machine and put it where they will not have to reach far or twist their body to load the machine
Wet washing is heavier than dry linen. If the washer has not extracted the water and the washing has to be loaded into a separate extractor, the wet washing is even heavier.