Anyone who has received training in proper manual handling practices and procedures is likely to have come across the acronyms TILE, TILEO, or LITE. This article will look at what TILE stands for and the meanings of some common manual handling acronyms.
TILE is an acronym used to make carrying out a manual handling risk assessment more manageable. Commodious offers a comprehensive risk assessment training course that explores how to conduct a proper risk assessment. It is designed to help a person remember which aspects of a manual handling task must be considered before it is completed:
T stands for task. Think about the nature of the manual handling task itself:
I stands for individual. Think about who will be carrying out the manual handling task:
L stands for load. Think about the object or person being moved:
E stands for environment. Think about where the load is being moved from and to:
TILEO is just an extension of the TILE acronym. Alongside Task, Individual, Load, and Environment, TILEO adds 'Other factors' to the list of things to consider:
O stands for other factors. Think about anything else, in addition to the task, individual, load, and environment, that may impact the safety of the manual handling activity:
LITE is another manual handling acronym sometimes used in place of TILE. Both phrases stand for the same thing, but its letters are arranged differently:
L stands for load, which refers to the size, shape, surface type, and weight of the thing being moved.
I stands for individual, which refers to the capabilities of the person performing the manual handling task.
T stands for task, which refers to the nature of the manual handling task and the motions the task involves, such as pushing, pulling, lifting or carrying.
E stands for environment, which refers to the area in which the object is being moved.
At Commodious, we offer a manual handling training course that explores the risks associated with manual handling, such as musculoskeletal disorders, and what can be done to reduce these risks: