Manual Handling

No man should attempt to lift anything heavier than 25kg and a woman's maximum limit is 16kg. If you believe you are risking injury through manual lifting, ask your line manager for help. Before attempting to lift any object it is a good idea to warm-up your muscles. Perform some simple stretches beforehand to reduce the risk of injury.

General Guidelines for Lifting

1. Make sure you are standing directly in front of the item you wish to lift

2. Check if the item has handles which you could use

3. Know where you are taking the object before you begin

4. Position your feet evenly (shoulder width apart)

5. Keep your back straight and stand up tall

6. Tighten your stomach muscles

7. Squat to the floor by bending your knees- DO NOT move your upper body

8. Take hold of the object firmly with both hands

9. Distribute the weight evenly - make sure you are not unbalanced

10. Keeping the object close to your body, begin to stand up by straightening your legs (This will use your leg muscles and shouldn't put strain on other areas)

11. Stand up slowly. Do not move quickly or jerk when doing this

12. You can now walk with the object (but be careful not to twist your body unnecessarily). Take small steps if possible.

13. If you are carrying a large object which restricts your view, ask if someone can guide you.This will prevent you from tripping or bumping into objects

14. When placing the item down, bend your legs, be careful to lower each side of the object to the floor separately- this will avoid trapping your fingers under the weight

15. Remember to keep your back straight as you bend down again


2015 Staff Census

This chart provides the distribution of the cleaning workforce according to Ethnic origin (984 Staff) as of 01/01/2015



Enterprise joins Crescent Purchasing Consortium

Enterprise has successfully been appointed to the Crescent Purchasing Consortium ("CPC") Cleaning Services Framework. CPC is a procurement consortia, serving the further education sector, academies and similar educational establishments. Julie Lockwood, BDM said: "We are pleased to be included as part of this consortium which focuses on adding value to clients."


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