A recent survey on health & safety during 2002 found that from the 800 workplaces covered by this survey over 15,000 incidents occurred.
Manual handling training courses are one way forward in helping to reduce the number of staff who become vulnerable to injury through lack of planning when carrying out workplace duties. The costs of these incidents to the economy are £70,000.00 per year and can be prevented by proper training for all workers. These costs have a knock-on effect that range from the affected worker to the employer who suffers financial loss, production loss and direct costs that include an increase on insurance.
There is a legal obligation for employers under the Health & Safety @ Work Order 1978 to ensure that all employees are provided with a healthy and safe working environment.
This has been further enhanced by the Manual Handling Regulation 1992 which place responsibilities on the employer for
1. Avoidance of manual handling (where possible)
2. Assessment of risks
3. Reduction of risks
4. Provision of information on the load
5. Review of risk assessments
To enable employers to meet their duties City Training have devised a course, which meets with the Health & Safety Executives approval and imparts the knowledge of health & safety responsibilities to the employee regarding manual handling in the workplace.
The course will cover the following information.
The need for risk assessment - good practice and reduction of injury
Spinal anatomy and potential injuries to poor manual handling
Identify the criteria when making the risk assessment
Components of a risk assessment
Identify ways to reduce the risk involved in manual handling
Demonstration of principles of safe lifting