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Manual Handling Operations Regulations
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) (MHOR) define manual handling as:
"...any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force".
See the official guidance from HSE below to help inform and protect.
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most commonly reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain.
MSDs account for 41% of all ill health cases and 34% of all working days lost due to ill health.
They include disorders of the back, upper limbs and lower limbs, the former two being the most common. MSDs are prevalent in all sectors but agriculture, fisheries, logistics and transport, construction and health and social care have significantly higher than average rates. Both physical and psychosocial factors can contribute to work-related MSDs, and they can be aggravated by people's activities outside work and their general health and fitness.