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The T in TILE represents the task being undertaken. It should be analysed in full to assess the number of people involved in the task, any mechanical handling and the cost of the task itself. Cost is an important factor, as the cost of any actions could outweigh the cost of the initial task.

When assessing the task, the following should be taken into account. Does the task involve excessive pushing, pulling or lifting, moving or carrying over long distances, twisting, repetitive actions, stooping, reaching, twisting or stretching upwards? Does the task involve holding the load away from the body? Is there a risk of sudden movements? Does the task involve continual or continued physical effort? Is there an imposed work rate for the task? Is the person undertaking the task taking sufficient breaks or does the task involve team working or seated lifting? If any of these risks are established, control measures need to be documented and implemented.

Once the task has been assessed, suitable actions can be taken to put in place to control the risks. Automation is the best way to control a risk, but in many cases, financial constraint and business models may make this an unviable option. Using lifting aides reduces physical effort. Taking time to consider any improvements or changes to workplace procedures. Policies in workplaces can help to control a risk involved in manual handling tasks.

The risks involved with manual handling tasks can be reduced by automating tasks wherever possible, by storing frequently handled loads at waist level to avoid over-the-shoulder lifting. Giving employees varied tasks to reduce the risk of an accident due to lack of concentration caused by boredom or repetition of a task. And finally, to provide appropriate training. Implementing the use of suitable lifting aides, equipment and organizing the workplace will also help to reduce high-risk movements such as stooping, twisting, and wherever possible pushing should be used not pulling.