Injuries resulting from poor manual handling account for over a third of RIDDOR notifiable incidents and may result in a long term and debilitating injury. Should an employer be found liable, this may result in costly litigation. It is a legal requirement to provide all employees, whatever their job description or responsibilities, with some level of manual handling training and it is good practice to refresh this annually.
This generic (static load) course provides information on:
- the mechanics of lifting
- the anatomy and function of the spine
- factors which contribute to back pain
- legislation which supports safe moving and handling practice
- responsibilities of employers and employees in manual handling
- risk assessment for safe lifting and the principles of an ergonomic (or dynamic) approach to manual handling
The course is extended to include assisting people with poor mobility where that assistance does not include the use of hoists and slings. There will be a practical session on risk assessment and safe lifting techniques and how to apply the principles of these to a range of workplace tasks, including wheelchair handling.
Who should attend?
This course would be appropriate for anyone wishing to improve or refresh their knowledge of best practice in manual handling and meets SSSC requirements for refreshment training or induction training, where the worker is not required to use a hoist. It would further suit passenger assistants and day centre workers, where hoisting, for personal care needs, is not required.
“Clear and practical training which will help me both in work and in home life.”
“Great combination of theory and practical learning. Feeling empowered for Manual Handling in future and to pass on my learning to others.”