About the Course

This course has been specifically designed for those who carry out manual handling risk assessments concerned with assisting people to move.  It is delivered in a flexible manner to allow consideration of issues specific to participants’ work settings.

The course will take into account different and specialist needs of the individuals they work with, such as people with limited capacity due to specific mental and/or physical conditions. This course can be delivered over 1 day for those with relevant pre-existing experience or 2 days for staff who are new to risk assessment or have limited experience.

Course Duration

This course can be delivered over one day for those with relevant pre-existing experience, or two days for staff who are new to risk assessment or have limited experience. Please contact us to discuss which course would meet your needs.

Course Aim

To ensure participants understand the legal obligations for the management of manual handling safety, and to enable them to carry out risk assessments in compliance with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session the participant will:

  • Be able to identify risks, and high risk handling practices
  • Be familiar with the legislation, employer’s policy, and own responsibilities that relate to manual handling
  • Have awareness of the causes and effects of injury, and basic principles for safe manual handling
  • Be aware of the purpose and use of risk assessments, and be able to carry out basic manual handling risk assessments in their work setting
  • Have awareness of how and when equipment can be used, and contraindications for the use of these items
  • Be able to prioritise problems identified, and devise a handling plan to avoid or minimise the risk of injury when assisting people to move
  • Be aware of the importance of ergonomic solutions and safe handling approaches that can reduce the risk of injury
  • Be able to find further specialist advice if needed

Course Content

The course content is tailored to the needs of the participants or their organisation. Please see example content below:

  • Legal responsibilities, and employer’s manual handling policy
  • Causes and effects of musculo-skeletal injuries
  • Principles for safer manual handling
  • Hazard identification and the risk assessment process
  • Ergonomic approach, control, and reduction of risk
  • Risk assessment forms and how to complete them
  • Complex situations and balanced decision making
  • Risk assessment scenarios
  • Sources of additional support

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