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Commonly defined as 'the transporting or supporting of loads by hand or bodily force.'
Manual handling activities can occur wherever people are at work - on farms and building sites, in factories, offices, warehouses, hospitals, educational establishments, banks, laboratories, and while making deliveries.
Manual handling is not just lifting heavy or bulky loads. It also includes:
Click on the button below for the HSE's practical tips suitable for the use in training people in safe manual handling.
These tips and much more advice on lifting, is covered in Sussexsafety.net's Manual Handling Training Presentation.
Sussexsafety.net has developed a manual handling presentation for your staff
This programme along with a lifting and shifting assessment and knowledge test will help meet your training requirements.
"Manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work and causes over a third of all workplace injuries."
"It is essential therefore that employers manage the risks to their employees. If possible you should not carry out any manual handling tasks. Where these are necessary mitigate the risk by using equipment - trollies, fork lift truck etc.
Where tasks are essential and cannot be done using lifting equipment, a suitable and sufficient risk assessment should be conducted."
Sussexsafety.net has developed a manual handling training programme easily adaptable to the requirements of your organisation.
The training is derived from the Health and Safety Executives Getting to Grips with Manual Handling and other HSE Approved Codes of Practice and covers:
Awareness of manual handling injuries
An overview of legal requirements
An understanding of good handling techniques to help prevent lifting injuries
Use of mechanical aids and apropriate systems of work for your organisation
Guidance to help you decide if a load is within your capability to lift or, needs to be assessed
A practical assessment to help identify any lifting problems
Manual handling risk factors and how injuries can occur
How to carry out safe manual handling including good handling technique
Appropriate systems of work for the individual’s tasks and environment
Use of mechanical aids
Practical work to allow the trainer to identify and put right anything the trainee is not doing safely
If you would like to discuss the training programme further or require any advice regarding manual handling risk assessment please contact Sussexsafety.net
Manual Handling-what is it?
What does the HSE say about manual handling?
The Manual Handling Regulations say that training should cover:
How can sussexsafety,net help?
Good handling techniques for manual handling/lifting & shifting