The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have revealed that manual handling causes over a third of all workplace injuries. Manual handling refers to a whole range of activities including: lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling and carrying. If these tasks aren’t carried out appropriately there is a risk of injury.
Here at Britannia, we offer manual handling courses to ensure that all staff members are aware of the dos and don’ts when it comes to carrying out manual handling tasks. The level of risk increases with bad posture, repetitive uses of limbs or recurring injury and it isn’t only the injured staff member who could be in trouble but the employer too. Manual handling is one aspect of workplace safety that you can find a health and safety training course to ensure staff members know how to reduce the risk of injury.
The HSE offer a couple of case studies which give guidance around how you should and shouldn’t lift objects. See their manual handling toolbox here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/manual.htm.
Manual handling, like many health and safety issues in the workplace, have their own regulations – The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 which applies to any work which involves manual handling. These regulations state that employers must reduce the need for employees to undertake manual handling but if this is not possible risks must be reduced to the lowest level reasonably practical.
To find out more about manual handling, and what training you might need to carry out your profession in a safe manner, view our health and safety courses or contact one of our team today on 0800 0149016.