Manual Handling Operations

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A Ask a work mate to help you
B Assess the risks
C Bend your knees
D Choose a pair of gloves
Correct Answer: B Assess the risks
Explanation: You or your employer must assess the risk of injury before lifting.
A Bend your arms
B Bend your back
C Bend your knees
D Wear a back brace
Correct Answer: C Bend your knees
Explanation: Generally, the legs should do most of the work when lifting a load.
A All men are equally capable
B All people are different
C All women are equally capable
D Young men are weak
Correct Answer: B All people are different
Explanation: Assessing ability for manual handling must be done on an individual basis.
A Carry it all the way
B Drag it all the way
C Get someone else to do it for you
D Use a barrow or trolley
Correct Answer: D Use a barrow or trolley
Explanation: The use of handling aids can reduce the risk of injury.
A Keep feet apart and bend back
B Keep feet together and bend back
C Squat near load, bend back and use leg muscles
D Squat near to the load, keeping the back as straight as possible and using leg muscles
Correct Answer: D Squat near to the load, keeping the back as straight as possible and using leg muscles
Explanation: Handling techniques which allow the use of relatively strong leg muscles rather than those of the back are preferable.
A Keep the load away from the body
B Larger loads should be split into smaller loads if possible
C The feet should be together and the load lifted at arm's length
D When lifting you should bend your back
Correct Answer: B Larger loads should be split into smaller loads if possible
Explanation: This is a recommendation in HSE guidance(INDG143).
A Keep the heaviest side of the load away from you
B Keep the heaviest side of the load on the strongest arm
C Keep the heaviest side of the load on the weakest arm
D Keep the heaviest side of the load towards you
Correct Answer: D Keep the heaviest side of the load towards you
Explanation: There is less risk of injury if a weight's centre of gravity is near the torso.
A How to lift the load
B What the weight of the load is
C Where to hold the load when lifting
D Whether the load needs to be lifted at all
Correct Answer: D Whether the load needs to be lifted at all
Explanation: If possible, it is best to avoid the risks from lifting altogether. This is the preferred requirement laid down in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
A Assess the whole task
B Check the headroom
C Kick it to see if it is stable
D Weigh the article
Correct Answer: A Assess the whole task
Explanation: If you assess the whole task first, you will have a clear idea of possible hazards and how to overcome them, before lifting
Correct Answer: A Back
Explanation: HSE statistics show that most manual handling injuries are to the back.
A Ask your mates to assist in the lift
B Get a forklift truck or lifting tackle
C Give it a try using correct lifting methods
D Inform your supervisor that it is too heavy
Correct Answer: D Inform your supervisor that it is too heavy
Explanation: The HSE advises employees to inform the employer if they identify hazardous handling activities
A Its centre of gravity
B Its colour
C Its size and condition
D Its weight
Correct Answer: B Its colour
Explanation: A, C and D can all affect the difficulty of lifting an object.
A It is safer to pick it up and carry it
B Pulling is preferable to pushing
C Pushing and pulling are equally risky
D Pushing is preferable to pulling
Correct Answer: D Pushing is preferable to pulling
Explanation: The operator should try to push rather than pull when moving a load, provided they can see over it and control steering and stopping.
A Automated effort
B Human effort
C Mechanised and human effort
D Mechanised effort
Correct Answer: B Human effort
Explanation: Manual handling covers human effort only.
A 15kg provided that it is a compact load
B 35kg provided that it has no sharp edges
C The weight they can lift comfortably
D Whatever the supervisor instructs
Correct Answer: C The weight they can lift comfortably
Explanation: There are no strict weight limits - the priority is to avoid injury.
A Back injuries
B Grazes to the knees
C Head injuries
D Vibration white finger
Correct Answer: A Back injuries
Explanation: As shown by HSE statistics.
A Assess the risk of the task
B Assess the time the job will take
C Calculate the cost of the exercise
D Determine the number of people required
Correct Answer: A Assess the risk of the task
Explanation: This is a specific requirement of the Manual Handling Operations regulations 1992.
A Bend the knees, keep the back as straight as possible, use power of legs
B Bend the knees, keep the back straight, use power of back
C Keep legs and back straight, use power of legs
D Keep legs straight, bend back, use power of legs
Correct Answer: A Bend the knees, keep the back as straight as possible, use power of legs
Explanation: Stooping can increase the stress on the lower back. However, stooping slightly may be preferable to adopting a squatting posture, which can place excessive loads on knees and hips.
A Anyone can carry any load as long as they are strong enough
B Large loads should be broken down into smaller loads where possible
C Loads should be held at arm's length while carrying
D You should keep your back bent when lifting
Correct Answer: B Large loads should be broken down into smaller loads where possible
Explanation: This is a recommendation in HSE guidance(INDG143).
Correct Answer: B 25kg
Explanation: This figure is in HSE guidance, and relates to lifting and lowering at elbow height.
A Monitor the cost of change
B Monitor the operation being undertaken
C Review the number of people involved
D Review the original risk assessment
Correct Answer: D Review the original risk assessment
Explanation: This is a specific requirement of the Manual Handling Operations regulations 1992.
A Assess whether it is safe to lift it on your own
B Ensure you lift with a bent back
C Ensure you wear appropriate PPE
D Wear gloves and grip properly
Correct Answer: A Assess whether it is safe to lift it on your own
Explanation: Employees should assess whether there is a risk of injury before lifting. If they are not sure they should seek advice from their supervisor.
A Painting it a bright colour
B Providing suitable handles or hand grips
C Reducing its weight
D Securing the load so that it does not shift unexpectedly
Correct Answer: A Painting it a bright colour
A Advising your supervisor
B Carrying it anyway
C Dragging it all the way
D Getting someone to assist you over the distance
Correct Answer: A Advising your supervisor
Explanation: This is a requirement of the Manual Handling Operations regulations 1992.
A The capacity of the strongest individual
B The capacity of the weakest individual
C The sum of their individual capacities
D Two thirds the sum of their individual capacities
Correct Answer: D Two thirds the sum of their individual capacities
Explanation: This is contained in HSE guidance on the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
A Getting a friend to help you with the load
B Lifting in the most safe and effective way
C Using a crane or some other mechanical means
D Using a forklift truck or pallet truck
Correct Answer: B Lifting in the most safe and effective way
A Assess the weight
B Bend your knees
C Keep a straight back
D Put on gloves
Correct Answer: A Assess the weight
Explanation: You or your employer must assess the risk of injury before lifting.