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Manual handling assessment charts (the MAC tool)

Manual handling assessment charts: MAC tool
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This leaflet includes the Manual Handling Assessment Charts (MAC). MAC is a tool developed to help users identify high-risk workplace manual handling activities.

Employers and safety representatives can use the tool to assess the risks posed by lifting, carrying and team manual handling activities. It will help them understand, interpret and categorise the level of risk of the various known risk factors associated with manual handling activities. MAC has a numerical and colour coding score system to highlight high-risk manual handling tasks.

There were some errors in the previous version, published in January 2014, which means we have had to issue a revised version. The changes mainly affect the illustrations, but we advise you to make sure you are using the latest version.

Updated: 2017-10-18