Manual Handling Training
Describes what you, as an employer, may need to do to protect your employees from the risk of injury through manual handling tasks in the workplace. It will also be useful to employees and their representatives
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
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.
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
And reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable
General risk assessment guidelines:
There is no such thing as a completely ‘safe’ manual handling operation. But working within the following guidelines will cut the risk and reduce the need for a more detailed assessment.
Your main duty is to avoid lifting operations that have a risk of injury. Where it is not practicable to do this, assess each lifting operation and reduce the risk of injury to the lowest level reasonably practicable. Look carefully at higher risk operations to make sure they have been accurately assessed.
If you are involved with any lifting in the workplace then you will require awareness training.
A trainer will attend site and complete Manual awareness training pointing out requirements under Manual handling guidelines and types of operations and effects from manual handling along with tables showing what can be done to reduce risks.