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Manual Handling

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 require employers to ensure that all employees are trained and competent in manual handling.

Manual handling accidents account for more than a third of all accidents reported each year to the enforcing authorities. It is estimated that in excess of 500,000 people in Great Britain suffer from a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) mainly affecting the upper limbs or neck that was caused, or made worse, by their current or past work.

Who Should Attend?

The manual handling course is aimed at all levels of employees who may undertake manual handling operations, including the transporting of a load of items by lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof by hand or by bodily force. This includes, but is not limited to, professions such as:

  • Warehouse and factory staff
  • Heavy manual labourers
  • Unloading and loading of vehicles
  • Construction and building site workers
  • Office workers
  • Delivery drivers
  • Farmhands

Accreditation – Highfield

Level – 2

Duration – 1 day

Validation – Highfield and QualSafe

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 1 year. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

Aims

This Manual Handling Training Course provides the necessary information and training for organisations to understand more about the risks associated with manual handling, how to undergo a risk assessment and how to ensure appropriate control measures are put in place.

Structure

The course is divided into five accessible, interactive modules and also includes an assessment at the end:

  • Introduction and Legislation – what is manual handling? causes of injury, musculoskeletal disorders, benefits of controlling risks, manual handling legislation, employer and employee duties and HSE guidance.
  • Identifying the Risks – types of injury, occupations most at risk, the musculoskeletal system, the mechanics of movement and factors that increase the risk of harm.
  • Risk Assessments – what is a risk assessment? identifying hazards, deciding who may be harmed, evaluating risks, recording findings and reviewing and updating.
  • Reducing and Controlling the Risks – preparing a manual handling operation, hierarchy of control measures, individual capacity, can manual handling be avoided? reducing the risk of harm, mechanical aids, changing the task, load and environment, personal protective equipment and reducing the risks from team handling.
  • Manual Handling Techniques – lifting from low levels, lowering from height, carrying, pushing and pulling and team handling.

Certification is dependent on successful continuous assessment of the student.  Assessments will be carried through out, with observation along with some written exercises. Whilst the written elements are straightforward, candidates require a basic command of English.