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There are guidelines laid down by law as to what you can and cannot do with respect to manual handling. It is your responsibility to make sure that you are aware of these in your workplace. Remember, there is no such thing as a safe load maximum weight, as this will vary on different sized people, different sexes, people with disabilities or illness, and pregnant ladies. You are able to handle the heaviest weight with the load close to your body and midway up your body. You will be able to hold the least weight when reaching far away from your body. The HSE has a simple way that you can remember what to do. It is called the four Ps: Plan, prepare, posture, and then proceed. The manual handling operation should be avoided as far as possible. Where this is not possible, a suitable and sufficient risk assessment should be carried out, which reduces the risk of injury as far as reasonably practicable.