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Manual Handling

Awareness Training

1.5 Hour Course

Courses delivered by RoSPA Certified Instructor / Assessor.

Definition of Manual Handling
The legal definition of manual handling in terms of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR), is “any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or by bodily force”.

Employees' Duties
Regulation 5 of the MHOR states: “Each employee while at work shall make full and proper use of any system of work provided for his use by his employer in compliance with regulation 4(1)(b)(ii) of these Regulations.”
Employee duties include:

bullettaking reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others affected by your activities
bulletco-operating with the employer to enable compliance with health and safety duties
bulletmaking use of appropriate equipment provided for employees in accordance with training and instructions.

Muscle strains and back injury caused by lifting and carrying are a common cause of pain and absence from work. An understanding of the principles of manual handling can help everyone to minimise the risk in many routine workplace activities.
This short training session is designed to identify some of the areas of risk which might be present, discuss the mechanics of the body, and the correct methods of lifting, carrying and moving objects, through the use of demonstration, and a practical interactive “hands-on” approach.



Over the 1.5 hour training session, participants will:

gain an understanding of how the back works


gain a greater understanding into the correct methods in order to lift and carry objects, reducing the risk of injury in the process


become aware of devices which assist in lifting or carrying


understand the process of reducing risks in the workplace.


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