What does TILE stand for in manual handling?
TILE is an acronym used to remember the components of a manual handing risk assessment. First aiders should have an awareness of manual handling principles including how to carry out a risk assessment.
So what does TILE stand for?
- Is the load held or manipulated at a distance from the trunk?
- Does the task involve twisting or bending the trunk sideways?
- Does the task involve poor posture such as stooping or stretching?
- Does the task involve excessive movement of the load – lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling?
- Does the task involve positioning the load precisely?
- Does the task involve a risk of sudden movement of the load?
- Does the task involve frequent or prolonged physical effort, including maintaining a fixed posture?
- Does the task involve insufficient rest or recovery periods?
- Does the task involve a rate of work imposed by the process?
- Does the task involve handling while seated?
- Does the task involve team handling?
- Does the task require unusual strength or height?
- Does the task put at risk those who are or who have recently been pregnant, have a disability or health problem?
- Does the task involve special knowledge or training if it is to be done safely?
- Does the individual’s clothing-or footwear restrict their movement?
- Is the load heavy?
- Is the load bulky or unwieldy?
- Is the load asymmetrical?
- Is the load difficult to grasp?
- Is the load unstable, or could it move suddenly?
- Is the load sharp, hot or otherwise potentially damaging?
- What is the condition of the patient?
- Are there space constraints preventing good posture?
- Are there uneven, slippery or unstable floors?
- Are there variations in floor levels or work surfaces?
- Are there extremes of temperature, humidity or air movement?
- Are there poor lighting conditions?
- Are there inadequate or insufficient storage facilities?