SC12 - Summary
06 Dec 2010



Code summary





  • Musculoskeletal injuries from lifting, twisting or repetitive​ tasks

Roles affected

  • All staff


This code is important for everyone, particularly managers of those involved in lifting heavy objects by hand. Bad backs resulting from poor lifting technique, repetitive tasks, or lifting heavy objects are common in the UK's workforce - resulting lost time and long lasting restrictions to mobility.

The code does not require documented risk assessments are conducted for every object lifted or moved but encourages managers to review the work that their staff undertake identifying particularly difficult or repetitive lifts. By documenting a manual handling risk assessment for these managers and staff can consider how to eliminate the need to lift or move objects or minimise the risks by using specialist lifting tools/equipment and correct - kinetic lifting techniques.

Contact: Baker, Gareth (STFC,DL,COO)