Manual Handling

Manual handling of "loads” means any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more employees and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving a load, which, by reason of its characteristics or of unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of back injury, to employees - S.I. No. 299/2007 - Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Applications) Regulations 2007

What are the present weight limits for Manual Handling?

There is no longer a prescribed maximum weigh for lifting for either men or women.

The weight of the load needs to be considered in relation to a number of other risk factors such as the:

  1. actions and movements
  2. working posture and position when lifting
  3. duration and frequency of manual handling
  4. location of loads and the distances moved
  5. characteristics of the load

Contact the DCU Health and Safety Office for a Manual Handling Risk Assessment Template. 

Health and Safety Authority Manual Handling FAQ

List of Approved Codex Chairs 

DCU Manual Handling

DCU Health and Safety office have created a 30 minute online Manual Handling course hosted on Loop. It is available for all employees however depending on the nature of the employees specific role additional training may be required. Online training will be followed up with a practical manual handling demonstration with the Health and Safety team. 

All new employees must complete the training as part of their Induction to DCU. Existing staff may avail of it by emailing safety@dcu.ie and requesting enrolment.