MANUAL HANDLING TRAINING Duration 3 - 4 hrs Max 12 people per course
What legislation covers manual handling?
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Applications) Regulations 2007, Chapter 4 of Part 2, outline the requirements that must be adhered to in relation to manual handling.
More than a quarter of accidents reported each year to the enforcing authorities are associated with manual handling.
With litigation and damages becoming common when an injury has been sustained it is important that proper training is given to operatives to ensure that they are not injured whilst transporting or supporting a load by hand or bodily force.
What is defined as manual handling in these regulations?
Regulation 68 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Application) Regulations 2007 defines manual handling of loads as
“ Any transporting or supporting of any load by one or more employees, and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving a load, which by reason of its characteristics or unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of back injury, to employees.”
These characteristics or unfavourable ergonomic conditions are the risk factors which are outlined in Schedule 3 of the 2007 Regulations and have the potential to cause harm.
What are the employer’s duties under the manual handling regulations?
The Duties of the Employer with regard to manual handling are specified in Regulation 69 of the General Application Regulations 2007, Chapter 4 of Part 2. This regulation states that employers must:
(a) take appropriate organisational measures, or use the appropriate means, in particular mechanical equipment, to avoid the need for the manual handling of loads by the employer’s employees,
(b) where the need for the manual handling of loads by the employer’s employees cannot be avoided, take appropriate organisational measures, use appropriate means or provide the employer’s employees with such means in order to reduce the risk involved in the manual handling of such loads, having regard to the risk factors specified in Schedule 3,
(c) wherever the need for manual handling of loads by the employer’s employees
cannot be avoided, organise workstations in such a way as to make such handling as safe and healthy as possible, and—
(i) taking account of the risk factors for the manual handling of loads specified in Schedule 3, assess the health and safety conditions of the type of work involved and take appropriate measures to avoid or reduce the risk, particularly of back injury, to the employer’s employees,
(ii) ensure that particularly sensitive risk groups of employees are protected
against any dangers which specifically affect them in relation to the manual handling of loads and the individual risk factors, having regard to the risk factors set out in Schedule 3,
(iii) ensure that where tasks are entrusted to an employee, his or her capabilities in relation to safety and health are taken into account, including, in relation to the manual handling of loads by employees, the individual risk factors set out in Schedule 3, and
(iv) when carrying out health surveillance in relation to the manual handling of
loads by employees, take account of the appropriate risk factors set out in
Schedule 3, and
(d) without prejudice to section 9 of the Act, ensure that those of the employer’s
employees who are involved in manual handling of loads receive general indications and, where possible, precise information on—
(i) the weight of each load, and
(ii) the centre of gravity of the heaviest side when a package is eccentrically
On completion of the course participants will be able to:
Lift and handle loads safely
Recognise a load which is too heavy or awkward
Understand the limitations of the spine and muscular system
Health & Safety at Work Act 2005
Manual Handling Regulations
Safe Handling Practices
The use of Handling Aids
Practical Risk Assessment for manual Handling
Anatomy of the spine and muscular system
How the body is harmed through incorrect handling techniques
How to handle loads safely
Practice in safe handling of loads
- Lifting to and from ground level
- Lifting to and from a height
Methods of training
This course combines lecture methods with "hands-on" practical work with different types of materials.
Who should attend?
All staff engaged in lifting loads during their working day
Each participant will be assessed on their practical lifting techniques. A completed manual handling assessment form and certificate for each participant will be supplied to their employer.