Lifting and handling is something we do every day, most of the time we don’t actually think about the risks and the damage that we could bring to ourselves.
Damage, injury and pain due to poor manual handling techniques is only a lift away – even in the safety of your own home you are at risk.
It is estimated that 1.1 million people per capita alone suffer from musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) caused or made worse by their current or past work. Often the MSDs are as a result of manual handling incidents. An estimated 12.3 million working days were lost in one year as a result of such incidents, with each sufferer taking an average of 20 days off.
Nearly all jobs involve some form of manual handling and the use of poor techniques to move material is the most common cause of injury at work.
This manual handling skills training course provides an insight into the importance of taking care of your body and in particular your back and neck when lifting, pushing or pulling objects.
You will also be provided with an understanding of the regulations surrounding manual handling as well as clear techniques and guidance for correct manual handling techniques.
Types of accidents – An overview and statistics of the typical types of accidents that occur in the workplace, highlighting that accidents involving manual handling are by far the most common form of incident.
Definition of manual handling – A clear explanation and review of what manual handling means according to the Manual Handling Operations Regulations.
Understanding your anatomy – Explanation of the function and role of the spine. How injuries can occur and the best working positions for the spine including a description of the spine as a lever.
The Main Causes of Back Pain – Establishing what causes back pain typically in order to be more aware of the issue.
Manual Handling Regulations – An overview of the regulations surrounding manual handling, including the employee and employer’s duties.
Assessment and lifting – Guidelines and demonstration on how to assess and manage a safe load. Using the LITE technique to demonstrate this, which is Load, Individual, Task, Environment.
The Six Point Lift – Following this lifting technique to ensure a lift can be performed as a smooth process placing the minimum of effort, stress and tension on the body and helping to reduce the likelihood of a cumulative injury.
- Identify the key responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act
- Recognise the employees and employers responsibilities
- Identify what is a hazard and how to control the risks while at work
- State the health and safety control measures within your work place
- Recognize the accident reporting process within your workplace