Manual Handling Case Study 15 Handling Hotel Linen

On Screen Text: Manual Handling: Handling of linen in a hotel bedroom
Hotel employee removing linen from hotel bedroom

Scene 1:
A hotel employee has just finished changing the linen on a bed. He walks out of the hotel room and down a corridor to throw the linen into an already-full black bag. He then throws the bag over his shoulder and down the corridor further, and throws the black bag into a lift. The lift is already full of other black linen bags.

On Screen Text:
Need to carry out a risk assessment of this task 

  • Look at how the job is carried out
  • Collect information: Load weight, etc
  • Identify risk factors with the job
  • Make changes to improve the job

On Screen Text:
Risk Factors/Problems

Scene 2:
Still image of character throwing the bag into the lift. Large Red “X” marks indicate the risk factors with the job.

  • Load is too heavy
  • Load is too large
  • Difficult to grasp
  • Physical effort is too strenuous
  • Bending and twisting of the trunk

On Screen Text:
The new system of work: Assess risk to reduce and reorganise manual handling

Scene 3:
The hotel employee put the used bed linen into a linen trolley, rolls the trolley out of the room and down the corridor to the waiting lift. He rolls the trolley into the lift.

On Screen Text:

Manual Handling : Assess to avoid, reduce or reorganise