Manual Handling Tips

Correct Lifting , is a natural skill

If you every see toddlers picking something up off the floor you’ll see that keep their back straight they bend their knees and lift the item using the power of their legs.They lift correctly from when they can walk, but as they get older the pickup bad habits from looking at their parents, siblings, etc, lifting incorrectly ( bending or stooping forward to pick something up )

Manual handling training will give you an understanding of how to protect your back, to minimise injuries on your discs, ligaments, tendons, muscles, etc.
Good posture is vital for back care.

The term TILE is used in manual handling

T.I.L.E. stands for
T Task
I Individual
L Load
E Environment

The TASK : What movements and body postures put pressure on the back ? (What do I have to lift, push, pull, carry, move, put down, where do I have to put it?)

The INDIVIDUAL: What characteristics of a person make them more at risk? Am I able to lift, push, pull, carry, move, put down, the load, do I need help?

The LOAD: What characteristics of the load increase the risk? is the load to heavy, to bulky, is the load hot / cold is it unstable, is the hazardous?

The ENVIORMENT: What aspects of the environment will increase the risk? Is there adequate lighting, is there trip hazards, is the floor uneven, wet, slippery, etc.

Remember you must risk assess, before performing a manual handling task, if possible eliminate the risk by using a mechanical aid such as a trolley, forklift, conveyer, etc.

Ensure YOU can perform the task, only you know your limitations, you know what you can lift, push, pull, carry, move, put down.

8 Principles of Lifting

  1. Assess – Task / Individual / Load / Environment (T.I.L.E.)
  2. Broad stable base
  3. Bend the knees
  4. Back straight. (Not necessarily vertical)
  5. Firm grip with palm of hand (Palmar Grip)
  6. Arms in line with trunk
  7. Weight close to center of gravity
  8. Turn feet in direction of movement