Rutland First Aid Training are pleased to announce that we have added this half-day Manual Handling Course to our list of course offerings
Manual handling is one of the key health and safety concerns in the workplace as almost every organisation in any sector has some form of manual handling activities being carried out
Manual Handling Legislation
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (MHOR) legislation was first introduced in 1992 as part of a series of EC Directives which were adopted into UK legislation and updated in 2002.
The regulations state that an employer must:
- Avoid the need for hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable
- Assess the risk of injury from any manual handling task that cannot be avoided
- Reduce the risk of injury from manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable.
It is essential that an employer has conducted a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and tried to reduce any risks associated with manual handling.
Employees should participate in the risk assessment process, attend any relevant manual handling training and implement good manual handling technique whenever they are carrying out such tasks.
Employers (and employees) who do not effectively implement these requirements could be subject to a number of actions from the regulatory authorities, dependent upon the nature of the omission(s).
There are several actions a health and safety executive inspector can take if they identify a concern or a material breach relating to the manual handling regulations. A minor issue or concern identified may receive informal advice whereas more serious issues (for example a lack of manual handling risk assessment) could result in enforcement action being taken. If an officer believes that there has been a material breach of health and safety regulations, an improvement notice may be issued. If this breach presents a risk of serious injury, then a prohibition notice may be provided which stops the activity from being conducted until the problem has been resolved.
Many such cases that are subsequently prosecuted can result in a substantial fine (based upon the turnover, size and nature of the organisation) and a custodial sentence in the most serious cases.
Additionally, injury and ill-health resulting from manual handling activities incur significant costs to society as a whole.
Manual handling, awkward or tiring positions and keyboard work or repetitive action are estimated to be the main causes of work- related musculoskeletal disorders based on 2009/10-2011/12 LFS data.
469,000 – Workers suffering from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (new or long- standing) in 2017/18
156,000 – Workers suffering from a new case of work-related musculoskeletal disorder in 2017/18
6.6 million – Working days lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders in 2017/18
Contact us to discuss your requirements be that running this course for you or any employee or to assist with your risk assessment