According to the Health and Safety Authority, manual handling causes over a third of all workplace injuries. These injuries largely come in the form of musculoskeletal disorders including pain and injuries to arms, legs and joints, and repetitive strain injuries of various sorts. Figures from 2010, reinforce the problem of manual handling with 34% of the reported incidents from the healthcare sector being manual handling related.
Manual handling injuries can have major implications both on the employee who the injury occurs to and also the business. To combat this, the Irish government brought in legislation to promote safe manual handling and support the welfare of all employees in ‘The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Applications) Regulations 2007’.
This course provides an in-depth account of what constitutes manual handling and meets Irish legislation that applies to manual handling tasks. This training will give employees a greater awareness and understanding of the dangers that poor manual handling poses, as well as covering safe handling techniques, practical solutions to manual handling issues and the use of mechanical aids.
**IMPORTANTLY: An alternative course, which is found online is Manual Handling. Customers to date have found this online course to be both cost and time effective. It is an interactive course that provides candidates with the fundamental practical and recommended knowledge surrounding manual handling.
However, while this course is an excellent tool and may be used as standalone training, there are still situations where an employee will require practical manual handling training. Examples of this would be the use of any workplace specific Handling Equipment, control measures identified after a local or in-house Manual Handling Risk Assessment, etc.
Who should attend?
This course is ideal for anyone who carries out manual handling with a range of activities including lifting, lowering, pushing and carrying. According to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, it requires employers to provide the necessary first aid training within the workplace. Typically, it includes people in offices, hospitality, teachers, parents, and also those involved in sport.
Private in-company training is from €49.50 per person (max of 10 people). For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 087 2504888.
The course concentrates on key Manual Handling topics including:
1. Dangers of careless and unskilled methods
2. Principles of levers and laws of motion
3. Anatomy of the spine and muscular system
4. How the body is harmed through incorrect handling techniques
5. How to handle loads safely
6. Lifting to and from ground level
7. Lifting to and from a height
10. Lifting (bags, sacks, barrels, where appropriate)
11. Other organisation specific lifting tasks
12. Competence testing
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