Manual Handling Training
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, as amended in 2002 (‘the Regulations’), apply to a wide range of manual handling activities, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying. The load may be either animate, such as a person or an animal, or inanimate, such as a box or a trolley. Incorrect manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work. It causes work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which account for over a third of all workplace injuries. Manual handling injuries can happen anywhere people are at work – on farms and building sites, in factories, offices, warehouses, hospitals, banks, laboratories, and while making deliveries. Heavy manual labour, awkward postures, manual materials handling, and previous or existing injury are all risk factors in developing MSDs.
Taking the action described in our on-site training course will help prevent these injuries and is likely to be cost effective. But you can’t prevent all MSDs, so it is still essential to encourage early reporting of symptoms.
Consider the risks from manual handling to the health and safety of your employees – this course will help you to do this. If there are risks, the Regulations apply.
Consult and involve the workforce. Your employees and their representatives know first hand what the risks in the workplace are. They can probably offer practical solutions to controlling them.
The Regulations require employers to:
- avoid the need for hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable,
- assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling that can’t be avoided,
- reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable.
By the end of the training course, you will be fully aware of the Regulations and how to apply them in your business and ensure that you protect your most valuable asset, your employees. If you would like further information on our Manual Handling training course, please Contact Us and we will get back to you with additional details.