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Health and Safety Directorate

Manual Handling

Manual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling and is one of the most common causes of injury at work.

Manual handling activities can also cause Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) such as upper and lower limb pain/disorders, joint and repetitive strain injuries of various types. The link below is to the HSE's Manual Handling and Musculoskeletal Disorders website's where there is information to help when manual handling activities are planned so as to prevent injury:-

Queen Mary Documents

Manual Handling Policy 

Manual Handling Training

For information on please visit or Training page  

For Advice and Assistance at QMUL, contact the H&S Manager / Advisor for your Faculty / PS or the subject lead at

All H&S staff can be contacted via the help desk at

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