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
Handling Soiled Linen
Laundry workers handle heavy loads and bulky items, they should follow workplace procedures for lifting and handling soiled linen bags and for pushing and handling loaded trolleys
- not lifting heavy loads by themselves - using smaller loads (11-12 kgs) and getting help to lift heavy loads
- lifting with their arms close to the body, knees bent slightly with back straight and not twisting
When handling soiled linen, sorters must wear the appropriate PPE.
Storage Equipment must not enter the clean section of the laundry
Separate trolleys must be used for soiled linen
Particular care should be taken not to cross contaminate clean linen with soiled linen.
Sorters may move linen around in;
- linen bags
- trolleys and storage bins
- conveyor belts
- overhead conveyors
Hands must be washed after handling soiled linen.