Last reviewed on 26 October 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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See examples of manual handling policies from primary, secondary and special schools, as well as a local authority. Find guidance too on what to include in your policy from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Primary schools

St Andrew's Church of England (CE) Primary School in Preston has a manual handling policy on its website. It:

  • Distinguishes between load handling and people handling
  • Outlines the school's arrangements for training and risk assessments
  • States the responsibilities of management and employees

Carlisle & Hampton Hill Federation, comprised of an infant and a junior school in London, has a manual handling policy that covers:

  • Common manual handling activities in school
  • How to assess a task for safety, including questions to ask
  • Example control measures
  • Guidance on safe lifting

Secondary school

Wexham School in Berkshire has a manual handling section in its health and safety policy manual. It outlines:

  • What the typical risks in school are
  • When manual handling assessments are to be carried out
  • How to reduce the risk of injury
  • Considerations for the moving and handling of people 

Riverside School in London has a manual handling policy (hover over the 'Safety' menu option to view),