Safer Places of Worship

Manual Handling

Think about your place of worship – you may find there is more manual handling going on than you first realise.

Some organisations have a constant manoeuvring of furniture, platforms, pianos etc to cater for differing needs. Can any of this be avoided, or made safer?


You must carry out an assessment of all manual handing operations and reduce manual handling wherever possible. If moving items by hand cannot be avoided then you should provide training and mechanical assistance (e.g. trolleys) wherever possible.

Manual handing injuries are often noted some time after the activity may have taken place and can lead to issues such as chronic back pain, muscles strains and tears, and joint illnesses.  

The HSE website has useful guidance on methods to promote safe manual handling.