Human Resources

Health and Safety

Manual Handling


The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR), defines manual handling as the transporting or supporting of any load, using physical effort, which also includes lifting a person. MHOR requires the employer to avoid the need for manual handling activities, and the hazards arising.

Where it is not possible to eliminate manual handling, an assessment must be undertaken to determine the level of risk. Suitable control measures must then be introduced to reduce the risk of injury to the lowest extent. This may be achieved by the use of automation, mechanical aids or redesigning the system of work.  The use of personal protective equipment should also be considered in the risk assessment.

The HSE produced guidance and it is the policy of the University of Portsmouth to follow this best practice guidance.

Manual Handling – A brief guide -

Manual Handling – Guidance on the Regulations -


Manual Handling Operations Policy

Manual Handling Risk Assessment Form

This form has been designed to assist in identifying hazards and controls measures, including identifying those people who may be at risk.

Acknowledgement of Risk Assessment Form

 This form provides confirmation that the relevant people for the task/event/equipment etc have read and understood any and all risk assessment/s that have been carried out.

The key to a successful risk assessment is that it is effectively communicated and everyone understands the risks involved with doing the task and how the risks are going to be controlled.


All staff and students who engage in manual handling must have received suitable and sufficient training to enable them to use carry out manual handling tasks safely, not endangering themselves or others. For details on our training courses see the training page.


Please contact the Health and Safety Office for further information.