Factors to Consider When Carrying Out a Manual Handling Assessment Of the Work

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Factors to Consider When Carrying Out a Manual Handling Assessment Of the Work Undertaken By Baggage Handlers at a Large Busy Airport 

Factors to Consider When Carrying Out a Manual Handling Assessment Of the Work Such as the:

  • Factors associated with the task would include Postural issues such as the need to stoop and twist, the frequency and duration of the physical effort required,



  • The need to move the loads quickly to meet scheduled departures,
  • The distance that loads might have to be carried and
  • The height to be lifted to place bags on to the conveyor.
  • The possibility of movement of a bag’s contents because of unsatisfactory packing, and
  • The slippery nature of some of the packaging material used which would prevent the handlers from obtaining a good grip on the load.
  • Factors associated with the individual would be their stature, fitness levels and training and experience.



  • Environmental factors would relate to possible space constraints, the condition of floors and the temperatures where the handlers might have to work, together with the standard of lighting provided and the weather conditions.

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