Manual handling occurs whenever we use our bodies to handle or move an object. Poor technique can lead to work-related injuries, from lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling, causing strains, sprains, trapped fingers or cuts. According to Health & Safety Executive statistics from 2014/15, over 27 million working days were lost in the UK due to health and safety incidents. Manual handling is the main work activity causing back disorders, and manual handling is amongst the leading causes of injury at work. For each handling injury, an average 6.6 working days are lost.
The EssentialSkillz Manual Handling online training has been designed to explain the basics of manual handling to employees in low-risk working environments. The course outlines what manual handling covers, how lifting, carrying and setting down can be done safely, and common injuries and musculoskeletal problems caused by bad technique.
The course highlights the importance of assessing every manual task and the potential impacts that might be involved. Using the TILE principle, the course advises on how to consider each task, the individual’s capabilities, the nature of the load and the working environment in order to minimise risks.
The online Manual Handling course also examines key duties related to manual handling, focusing on the different roles and responsibilities of the employer and their employees. It emphasises that each worker should: cooperate with their employer; not engage in behaviour that is likely to put colleagues in danger; understand and use mechanical aids correctly; report work activities that might be dangerous; and bring any defects in the workplace, systems or equipment to notice. Each individual is also obliged to share with their employer any physical limitations that might impact their ability to carry out manual handling tasks.
All the EssentialSkillz online courses can be tailored to meet the needs of your organisation, so that they reflect your specific policies and procedures and not just generic ones. A designated course administrator can edit the text and images within the course using the integrated authoring tool and link to organisation-specific documentation, all at no extra cost.
Main Sections within the course:
- Back Injuries
- Preventing Injury
- Handling Techniques
- Final Test