Manual Handling training covers the fundamentals of safe moving and handling and maintaining a safe working environment. Thereby, reducing the risk to everyone involved in day-to-day moving and handling of objects.
Incorrect lifting techniques result in many workers suffering injuries to their back and neck. In fact, these comprise the largest group of injuries seen in the workplace – musculoskeletal disorders (HSE Statistics).
Therefore, it is crucial that workers understand the risks involved in moving & handling and can take suitable precautions. Furthermore, the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 state that employers must suitably reduce the risk of manual handling activities in the workplace.
Candidates will learn a variety of topics including the risks of moving & handling, legal duties placed on employers and employees and correct handling techniques. The full course content is:
- Reasons for safe moving and handling
- Potential injuries from incorrect handling
- Legal duties of employers and employees
- Assessing manual handling activities
- Reducing the risks
- Single person and team lifting
- Pushing and pulling
- Handling while seated
Assessment and Certification
Candidates will be given a course booklet to assist them throughout the day. At the end of the course, candidates will undertake a multiple choice exam paper to test their understanding.
Successful candidates will receive certificates accredited through Highfield Qualifications shortly after the training day.
We recommend that the qualification is renewed every year to stay up to date with the latest procedures and legislation.
Who needs Manual Handling training?
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 define manual handling as,
“…any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or by bodily force.”
This course covers all the elements of safe manual handling in the workplace. Therefore, it acts as an excellent introduction suitable for every employee involved in day-to-day moving and handling.
- Construction Workers
- Warehouse Operatives
- Kitchen Staff
- Office Workers
- Farm Workers
- Delivery Drivers
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Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 Key Points
- Employers must avoid manual handling activities wherever possible.
- If this is not possible to avoid manual handling, employers must:
- Make suitable and sufficient risk assessments
- Take the appropriate action to reduce the risks of any moving & handling operations
- Where possible, employers must provide information on weight of the load and/or the weight of the heaviest side of a load if the centre of gravity is not central.
- Risk assessments must be updated when they are no longer valid or a serious change in the activity has occurred.
- Employees must make full and proper use of the systems put in place by their employers.
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