Preventing workplace injuries is an important part of health and safety. One of the main causes of workplace injury is poor manual handling resulting in staff illness and lost working days. Employers have a legal responsibility to assess the risks associated with moving or lifting loads, to ensure a safe workplace.
Common sense should always come first with health and safety. If loads can be made smaller, or the need to lift something can be removed altogether, then the risk can be reduced or eliminated. Training should be tailored to the particular roles and tasks undertaken. A risk assessment will help to identify tasks that require an element of lifting, moving or handling. It’s essential to review this risk assessment on a regular basis to keep information up to date and protect the workforce. This is important if you’re an employer, as training is only one part of ensuring safe moving and handling. You also need to review the resources available to help employees if the tasks are essential. View all Manual Handling (objects) courses.
There are two main strands to our manual handling training for inanimate objects. Firstly, it’s useful to find out more about the impact on the body and what the law requires. The second part of the training is an opportunity to undertake a practical exercise to demonstrate how loads can be lifted or moved safely. At awareness level, or for some refresher courses, the training can take place over half a day. Those requiring an in-depth level of training are better suited to a full day course. External accreditation is available by attending the Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling.
RT Safety Training has extensive experience of delivering people handling training and manual handling for other workplaces such as private healthcare and childcare settings. The Manual Handling (People) courses require additional practical sessions using a range of patient handling equipment. Training courses can be delivered over a number of days to suit the tasks and specific setting.
Compliance with the ‘All Wales Passport’ is an important part of manual handling training for customers working or residing in Wales. Training is linked to specific modules depending on the tasks and sector.