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Assessing the risks

Information on assessing the risks for MSDs is provided in the guidance to the Manual Handling Operations (L23) and Display Screen Equipment (L26) regulations, and HSE's general guidance on upper limb disorders (HSG60).  To help people carry out initial MSD risk assessments to see if a task is high risk, two free assessment tools have been developed and are available free on the HSE website.  The different tools have been developed for particular types of task and some tasks may require more than one tool to be used.  It is important to remember that the MAC and the ART tools do not form a full, detailed risk assessment but are an aid to identifying high-risk activities for which further action is necessary.

Assessing manual handling tasks: The Manual Handling (MHOR) Guidance on Regulations (L23) provides a manual handling risk filter and detailed full risk assessment checklists for lifting and carrying and pushing and pulling tasks.

The Manual Handling Assessment Chart (MAC tool) - click here

Assessing tasks for ULD risks: The health and safety guidance on upper limb disorders in the workplace (HSG60) provides a risk filter and risk assessment worksheets as an aid to the risk assessment of tasks which may pose a risk of ULDs. In addition, HSE have developed the. Assessment of Repetitive Tasks of the upper limbs (ART tool) to help assess the common risk factors for ULDs.

Assessment of Repetitive Tasks of the upper limbs (ART tool) - click here

How to assess DSE risks - click here

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