Select Safety Services (UK)

Health and Safety training and course from Select Safety Services Essex

Select Safety Services (UK)

1 day Level 2 award in manual handling – principles and practice

What is manual handling?

Manual handling deals with risk at work.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, as amended in 2002 (‘the Regulations’) apply to a wide range of manual handling activities, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying. The load may be either animate, such as a person or an animal, or inanimate, such as a box or a trolley.

Manual handling causes over a third of workplaces injuries

Incorrect manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work. It causes work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which account for over a third of all workplace injuries. For the latest statistics, visit the HSE web page,

Manual handling injuries can occur in a variety of work places

Manual handling injuries can happen anywhere people are at work – on farms and building sites, in factories, offices, warehouses, hospitals, banks, laboratories, and while making deliveries. Heavy manual labour, awkward postures, manual materials handling, and previous or existing injury are all risk factors in developing MSDs. There is more information and advice on MSDs on the HSE website, including advice on managing back pain at work. Taking the action described here will help prevent these injuries and is likely to be cost effective. But you can’t prevent all MSDs, so it is still essential to encourage early reporting of symptoms.

Why is dealing with manual handling important?

Manual handling injuries can have serious implications for both employers and the employee who has been injured. They can occur almost anywhere in the workplace but heavy manual labour, awkward postures, repetitive movements of arms, legs and back or previous/existing injury can increase the risk of injury

What do I have to do?

Where possible it helps to avoid tasks that might result in injury but where this is not possible and manual handling is necessary, proper training for staff can help minimise risk and injury.

Consider the risks from manual handling to the health and safety of your employees – this guidance will help you to do this. If there are risks, the Regulations apply. Consult and involve the workforce. Your employees and their representatives know first hand what the risks in the workplace are. They can probably offer practical solutions to controlling them. The Regulations require employers to:

■ avoid the need for hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable;

■ assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling that can’t be avoided; and

■ reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable

Manual handling course at Select Safety Services

Our manual handling course helps train employers to look at the risks of tasks and put sensible health and safety measures in place to prevent and avoid injuries.

Course contents and learning outcomes

  • Understand the reasons for safe manual handling.
  • Understand how manual handling risk assessments contribute to improving health and safety.
  • Understand the principles, types of equipment and testing requirements associated with manual handling safety.
  • Be able to apply safe manual handling principles.

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