On the 31st December 1992 the Manual Handling Operations Regulations came into force. These regulations apply to any task which involves moving a load manually, and sets out a series of duties which are placed on the employer and employee.
Principally they are as follows.
- Avoid as far as possible, the need for manual handling operations which involve the potential for risk of injury.
- Mechanise any tasks to prevent lifting.
- Assess any hazardous lifting operations which cannot be avoided. The assessment should include consideration of four main areas; Task, load, individual and environment.
- Reduce the risk of injury resulting from lifting as far as possible.
- Inform and train employees with regard to the risks involved in lifting operations.
Singleton Associates offer a comprehensive training service in relation to manual handling, for all levels of staff. Our training course is 3-4 hours; it consists of both theory and hands on practical sessions using loads that are normally found in your own workplace.
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- Brief overview of the Health & Safety at Work Act.
- Brief overview of Manual Handling Regulations.
- Types and frequency and cost of lifting injuries.
- Anatomy of the back.
- Physical principles of lifting (principle of levers).
- Risk assessment applied to manual handling.
- Control measures in lifting.
- Principles of kinetics.
- Practical demonstration of lifting.
Course length: 3-4 hrs.
Qualification achieved: Manual handling certificate.
Cost: £30 per person + VAT on open courses.
£30 per person + VAT (min charge of £240 + VAT) for in-house courses.