Work equipment and manual handling

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To keep your workplace safe, you must properly maintain your work equipment in safe working order and in good repair. All work equipment must also be constructed or adapted so as to be suitable for its intended use. The work equipment you have will depend on your particular business needs but it could include, for example, display screen equipment, personal protective equipment, lifting equipment and any other types of work equipment. Essentially, anything provided for use at work constitutes work equipment. To then ensure that all operations involving the use of work equipment are carried out safely, a suitable and sufficient risk assessment must be carried out. You also have legal duties in relation to manual handling, in particular to try and avoid the need to carry out manual handling operations wherever possible or, if this isn’t possible, to automate or mechanise the task in some way. However, if manual handling can’t be avoided, you must assess the risks involved with the operations and take control measures to avoid them. Our information and documentation here will ensure you understand and comply with your obligations in relation to different types of work equipment and manual handling operations.


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