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.manual-handling

So what does TILE stand for?

The task

  • 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?

The individual

  • 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?

The load

  • 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?

The environment

  • 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?

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