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The importance of Manual Handling Training in the workplace

Manual Handling is one of the most frequent causes of injury in the workplace. It causes over a third of all injuries, which can range from muscoskeletal disorders (which includes back injuries) and upper and lower limb disorders. Joint and repetitive strain injuries of various parts of the body are also common. These can be caused not simply by the act of pulling or pushing but the number of times you have to do it in the workplace, so injuries can build up over time.

The negative impact of these injuries is serious for the employee who may suffer financial losses through not being able to work. The injury can also impact their future employability and a normal lifestyle. The employer can lose a valuable employee and may also be faced with an personal injury claims specialists-injury at work compensation claim from the employee.

The importance of Manual Handling Training in the workplace

Manual Handling takes place in many industries and businesses. It is regulated in law by the Manual handing Operations Regulations 1992 which define “manual handling” as including lifting, lowering, pulling, pushing, carrying and the movement of anything by hand or bodily force. Under these regulations an employer must make a sufficient and suitable assessment of the risk to employees from any manual handling that is required by their job.  The Regulations require that manual handling should be avoided as far as reasonably practicable if there is a possibility of injury. If this cannot be done then the risk must be reduced as far as possible.  Manual handing training is one way to reduce this risk.

So all employers must be aware of the risks and it is also a legal requirement for all employers to ensure that their employees are provided with adequate health and safety training.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require that training be provided when employment is started, when risks are increased and should be repeated on a regular basis to take account of any new risks. This should be supplemented as necessary with more specific information and training on manual handling injury risks and how to prevent injury from manual handling by correct practice when carrying out certain tasks.

Which manual handling training course

The Chartered Institute of Environmental health (CIEH) as an awarding body, provides qualifications in safety training courses. Employees who carry out manual handling activities at work including both office and industrial workers should obtain a CIEH Level 2 Award in Manual Handling – Principles and practice. It provides essential information about manual handling hazards and their control. The course combines theory and practice and employees will learn to safely lift, carry, push and pull within their own capabilities. The course lasts a day and is operated by the CIEH   in various locations across the countrywide:

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Which Industries require extensive manual handling training.

Providing manual handling training specific to the tasks in the following industries is essential to reducing the injuries that occur.

Manufacturing: Injuries due to manual handling account for 33% of all accidents at work reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) every year. 20% of these take place in the manufacturing industry.

Building and Construction industry: Injuries from manual handing result in more lost time than any other injury

Haulage industry: HSE figures show that most major injuries in the haulage industry occur due to slips and trips, being struck by a falling object and manual handling. Slips and trips and manual handling account for two thirds of other reported injuries.

Warehousing and storage industries: Work related aches and pains are common in this industry. Lower back pain and neck pain can be made worse by incorrect manual handling.

Agriculture:  Back, neck and limb disorders are the most common types of disorders in agriculture. About 80% of people who work in this industry will suffer from these disorders some of which are caused or made worse by manual handling. Repetitive strain injuries are common.