CRAMS is pleased to make available this Manual Handling Assessment Charts (MAC) Tool, which is based on the tool designed and provided by the Health and Safety Executive. The CRAMS MAC tool has been designed to simplify the process of scoring a task for Manual Handling risks and it will automatically create a score sheet for you to print or send to colleagues.You may still need to undertake a full Manual Handling Risk Assessment - to help you decide, the HSE has published a checklist. CRAMS can help you build and maintain all your Risk Assessments, Method Statements and Training Records.
■ Spend some time observing the task (videoing may help - you can add any images or videos in the Task Description box) to ensure that what you are seeing is representative of normal working procedures. You should involve your employees and safety representatives during the assessment process. Where several people do the same task, make sure you have some insight into the demands of the job from all employees’ perspective.
■ Select the appropriate type of assessment (ie lifting, carrying or team handling). If a task involves lifting and carrying, consider both.
■ Determine the level of risk for each risk factor, and click on the appropriate icon for each question. Information on risk reduction can be found on the HSE website at www.hse.gov.uk/msd and in the HSE publication Manual handling at work.
■ The colour bands help determine which elements of the task require attention.
■ Enter the remaining task information and use the scores to help identify which risk factors need to be examined and the total level of exposure to risk.
■ If the individual does a number of tasks, assess each one separately and prioritise action to address the highest scoring task.