Manual Handling/Moving: Second to Slip, trip & fall in terms of frequency, but often much more costly due to long-term damage, these incidents need careful management. It is critical that your staff understand how to lift objects correctly. Again, this can easily be provided through Manual Handling training courses… however word of warning, don’t simply rely on ‘online methods’ as the practical training is legally required. All staff (full & part-time) need this training and it is also legally required to be refreshed every 3 years!
What legislation covers manual handling?
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Applications) Regulations 2007, Chapter 4 of Part 2, outline the requirements that must be adhered to in relation to manual handling. The key requirements include:
- Carrying out a manual handling risk assessment of existing manual handling tasks.
- Organising tasks to allow the use of mechanical or other means to avoid or reduce the need for the manual handling of loads by employees in the workplace.
- Providing instruction and training to relevant staff.