Training for Manual Handling

As an employer, you would be mad not to make your employees undertake manual handling training. Quite apart from the scaremongering stories of employees taking their bosses to tribunals after injuring their back, training for anyone conducting manual handling at work is mandatory, and making sure your employees know what they are doing will save you time and money. Poor manual handling leads to more long term time off work than any other single cause. That’s a lot of sick pay and a lot of work that has to be covered.

Manual handling at work programmes offer not only instruction, but context. The presentations begin by describing how your back works, so you can better understand how and why bad manual handling risks it. Explanation is accompanied by stories from spine experts and those that have distress their spines through bad manual handling.

The training then begins at the beginning. Before doing anything else, you need to assess the problem and the solution. You will be taught what you need to check, what you need to think about and which questions you need to be asking yourself before you carry out any form of manual handling. Each and every step of manual handling is explained to you, so that hopefully there are no gaps left in your knowledge.

Manual handling at work will take several forms. The training course provides suggestions and illustrates the precise considerations of each one. If you're lifting a whopping container down from height then you have to make sure you don’t drop it and potentially crush yourself, whilst also making sure taking the strain of the weight does not bring about injury to your back. Other kinds of manual handling at work which are discussed include lifting from floor, waist and shoulder height, team lifts, pushing and pulling.

Each part of the course is accompanied by a short test. A certificate can be printed off to prove they are qualified to undertake manual handling.

We call it “manual handling at work”, but it's knowledge which can be used everywhere every day. It’s not just at work that we move things. Plenty of day-to-day activities can be fraught with the danger of back injury if carried out incorrectly. Clearing out the garage, getting something down from the attic, pushing a car out of a ditch. They all carry the same risks associated with manual handling.

The manual handling program only takes 30 minutes to complete and can be done online or on CD-ROM. A free trial is offered without necessity for credit card details; so you have the freedom simply to walk away if it’s not for you. But before you do, just think about the time, money and spines which can be saved if a little time is dedicated to ensuring you know what you're doing.

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