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?

John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid and CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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