Do my staff need Manual Handling training?

Do my staff need Manual Handling training?

To know if your staff need Manual Handling training, you first need to perform a manual handling risk assessment. The outcome of this assessment will determine if your staff will need training or not.

The risk posed to employees who carry out manual handling tasks depends on a number of factors: the weight of the object being moved, how frequently manual handling tasks are performed on a daily basis, whether or not the work requires twisting and bending to move objects, and how the object is being moved (pushed, pulled or lifted). For lifting, the HSE provides a green-amber-red-purple colour coded chart that compares weight and frequency to give an overall risk of injury while performing manual handling tasks.

As a rule of thumb, low risk or no risk activities such as lifting light items frequently or infrequently will not require Manual Handling training, while medium and high risk activities will require training. High risk activities should be avoided if possible, and machinery should be used instead to lift the load, such as a forklift.

If employees are not given the proper training to mitigate the risk of performing manual handling tasks, they are susceptible to sustaining musculoskeletal injuries which could result in time off work, or even a personal injury claim against their employer. To avoid these risks, a manual handling risk assessment should always be performed where manual handling tasks are part of an employee’s daily work.

For more information on manual handling, or to book a Free Health & Safety Review, call Jonny on 0844 8797286.

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