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Written by:
Paula Coster

BA (Hons), MSc.
Associate Member CIEHF

There are many risk factors when you are carrying out manual handling, lifting, pushing or pulling task. Any one of them could result in injury, possibly serious injury. So, some knowledge of the corrext and safest techniques to use is essential. This is where being familiar with TILEO helps.

What is TILEO?

TILEO is an acronym used as a quick and effective method of assessing a manual handling risk. It stands for:

  • Task
  • Individual
  • Load
  • Environment
  • Other

Avoidance should always be your first course of action. So, before commencing any assessment of risk, ask can it be avoided. If it is possible to avoid, then do so.

Where it isn’t avoidable, following these steps will minimise any risk of injury.

TASK – Does the manual handling task involve:

  • Twisting, stooping or bending?
  • Lifting?
  • Pushing or pulling?
  • Positioning the load?
  • Repetitive movements?
  • Sudden movement?
  • Insufficient rest period?
  • Team handling?
  • Seated work?
  • Do you need to move the load over a long distance?

INDIVIDUAL – Ask who is carrying out the task? Are they:

  • Pregnant?
  • Disabled?
  • Suffering from a health problem?
  • Is there someone more suitable?

LOAD – What is being moved? Is it:

  • Heavy?
  • Stable?
  • Difficult to grip?
  • Sharp?
  • Hot or cold?
  • Are the contents likely to move?
  • Are there handles?
  • Is the weight evenly distributed?

ENVIRONMENT – Within the environment is or are there:

  • Space constraints? Insufficient room can lead to unnatural postures.
  • Slippery or wet floors?
  • Uneven floors?
  • Different levels/steps or slopes?
  • Extreme conditions?
  • Trip hazards?
  • Insufficient lighting?

OTHER – Any other factors which need to be considered?

  • Is protective gear (PPE) needed?
  • Does clothing or PPE hinder movement?
  • Is correct PPE being used?
  • Are mechanical aids being used? If so, are they in good working order and appropriate for the task?

Remember, however good your manual handling technique is, avoiding a lifting and moving task should ALWAYS be your first choice if possible.

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