About the Course

This load handling awareness course has been designed to give participants the basic skills necessary to ensure their own safety, and that of others, when moving and handling loads at work. It is delivered in a modular format to meet the needs of different staff groups, and covers the causes of musculoskeletal disorders, current legislation, principles of safer handling, organisational policy and risk assessment.

Course Duration

Half-day course (three hours).

Course Aims

  • To provide the underpinning knowledge necessary to reduce the risk of musculo-skeletal injuries caused by poor manual handling in the workplace.
  • To provide instruction and facilitate the application of inanimate load risk assessment, including the safer handling of inanimate loads and application of ergonomic principles to ensure the health and safety of staff.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

  • Outline the legislation that applies to manual handling at work
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the causes and effects of musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs), and basic prevention of these
  • Describe the importance of ergonomics and risk assessment in reducing the risk of manual handling injury
  • Describe the principles of safer handling
  • Identify key areas and other related factors (such as guideline weights) to be considered when undertaking a manual handling risk assessment
  • Complete a formal risk assessment for an inanimate load
  • Outline the importance of good posture, and the application of ergonomic principles appropriate to workplace and work activity

Course Content

  • Causes and effects of musculo-skeletal injuries
  • Risk assessment and ergonomics
  • Legislation
  • Avoiding musculo-skeletal injuries
  • Principles for safer moving and handling
  • Load handling risk assessment practise

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