The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 places a duty on every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of all his employees which includes provision of the appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 2, Chapter 4, make specific reference to Manual Handling of Loads. This regulation requires every employer:
- To take appropriate measures to avoid manual handling, where manual handling cannot be avoided, to take appropriate measures to reduce the risk
- To organise workstations
- To ensure that employees who are involved in manual handling receive information, instruction and training on safe manual handling.