Step 2 of 20 - Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has drawn attention to skeletal and muscular disorders caused by manual handling and lifting, repetitive strain disorders and unsuitable posture causing low back pain. The regulations require that certain measures be taken to avoid these types of injuries occurring.
1. Think about the lift. Where is the load to be placed? Do you need help? Are handling aids available?
2. Get ready to lift. Stand with your feet apart
3. Bend the knees. Keep the back straight. Tuck in your chin. Lean slightly forward over the load to get a good grip.
4. Get a good grip on the load and lift smoothly.
Think of all the situations that may apply in the salon:
• stock unpacking and storage – lifting heavy objects
• moving chairs or cutting stools used in the salon
• adjusting trolley height.
It is worth considering all of these factors when purchasing your equipment, as you
then have to work with the consequences!
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Follow the golden rule: always lift with the back straight and the knees bent. If in doubt – do not lift at all!