Manual Handling for Employees Training Course
The Manual Handling training Course provides participants with skills and attitude to enable them to lift and move loads in accordance with good manual handling techniques and to avoid the risk of injury. According the Health and Safety Authority, injuries caused by manual handling account for roughly one third of accidents reported them annually.
This half day manual handling course is intended for all personnel who are involved in the movement of loads. This course is required by nearly every workplace. This course is very popular with: construction, hospitality, manufacturing, engineering, childcare, food, and transport industries. Healthcare workers should refer to the Patient Handling course.
As an onsite course, it can be adapted to be more relevant to your organisation’s needs.
COVID-19 Advice to Employers Around Manual Handling Training
Health & Safety Authority:
“No exemptions or relaxation of the legislative requirements in respect of the statutory requirements under the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005 or it’s associated Regulations are in place at this current time, however, the Health and Safety Authority recognise this is a fluid situation, and we are keeping matters under review.
The Authority recognises that employers, as a result of national measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19, may find it challenging to source training courses or competent persons to provide the required training in the current circumstances. Notwithstanding any such difficulties, employers are reminded of their general duty to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the safety health and welfare at work of their employees and also others who may be present at the place of work. Employers are reminded of the need to take all measures, so far as reasonably practicable, to that end.
Employers need to take appropriate organisational measures or use the appropriate means to avoid the need for manual handling which involves risk. Where manual handling involves risk that cannot be avoided, employers need to take appropriate organisational measures, use appropriate means or provide employees with such means to reduce the risk involved.
Every effort should be made so far as reasonably practicable to continue to provide manual handling training for employees as necessary with particular consideration to be given to prioritising the delivery of training for those staff who are most at risk. Up to date public health advice on preventing the spread of COVID-19 will need to be taken account of when providing training. Detailed public health advice and information is available on the Department of Health, HSE and Health Protection Surveillance Centre websites.”
(Health & Safety Authority Website, 11th May 2020), VIEW.
Available as an Onsite Course
Available as a Public Course
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Perform specific manual handling tasks competently to a recognised standard.
- Complete essential risk assessment prior to completing manual handling tasks.
- Identify ergonomic factors associated with their work activities.
- Complete a series of exercises designed to improve strength, endurance and flexibility, the key components of physical fitness.
- Legislation (Common Law 2005 Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act / 2007 General Applications Regulations)
- Anatomy of the spine & muscular system, and mechanism of injury
- Fitness and flexibility requirements for safe manual handling
- Dangers of careless and unskilled methods
- Specific manual handling hazards relevant to the workplace
- Risk Assessment for manual handling tasks
- Individual risk factors
- Practical manual handling techniques
- How to handle loads safely
- Lifting to and from ground level
- Lifting to and from a height
- Lifting (bags, sacks, barrels, where appropriate)
- Other organisation specific lifting tasks
- Procedures for dealing with unfamiliar loads
- Ergonomics: Practical application to workplace environment
- Principles of levers and laws of motion
- Competence testing
Regulation 68 of the 2007 regulations defines ‘manual handling of loads’ as: ‘any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more employees and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying, or moving a load, which, by reason of its characteristics or of unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of back injury, to employees.’
Regulation 69(a) of the 2007 Regulations
- Under common law the employer has duty of care to employees to provide:
- An employer must ensure that the workplace and environment of work are reasonably safe for the employee.
- An employer must ensure that the plant and equipment provided are safe and must also ensure that plant and equipment are maintained (e.g. inspection, tests must be undertaken as per manufacturer’s recommendations.
- An employer must ensure the system of work is safe.
- An employer must ensure that all employees are aware of their duties in relation to the safety, health and welfare of their colleagues.
Employers have duties imposed upon them to take appropriate measures or suitable means to avoid the need for manual handling of loads, example mechanical equipment. Manual handling often cannot be avoided, therefore, employers must look as measures to reduce the risk involved in the manual handling of loads.
Up to 24 participants can be trained in a-day by running 2 sessions back-to-back.
However, public courses can vary from 3 – 4 hours in duration.
- The language the course is being delivered is not the native language of the participant(s), and although they do speak it competently, they are still learning.
- The participant(s) have injuries, physical disabilities, or are pregnant/postnatal, and the trainer will spend a little more time assisting them in relation to their individual needs.
- The participant(s) have a learning difficulty, and the trainer will spend a little more time assisting them in relation to their individual needs.
- The onsite training has been adjusted with the client’s request to cover a high number of difficult, high risk and task specific lifts
Course Entry Requirements
There are no special entry requirements for participants associated with this course.
There are no special site requirements associated with this course.
Public Course Dates
Summary Of Assessments
Each participant will be assessed on their practical techniques.
The Manual Handling Instruction Certificate does not have a defined expiry date but this doesn’t mean you don’t need to do a refresher course.
Text Books Provided
Manual Handling Courses