Understanding the Value of a Manual Handling Awareness Course
Posted by Tracy Seward
A manual handling awareness course is essential for any business where employees are required to push, pull, lift, lower or carry loads as part of their day to day duties. This could include equipment or resources. If carried out without the right guidance and training, employees could be at risk of injury and employers held accountable for not providing the correct training.
Risk assessments are an integral part of safe working practices and manual handling training will not only cover what these are and how they are used, but it will also educate staff on the most effective techniques needed to work with loads in their workplace. A manual handling awareness course, for example, could cover topics such as identifying risk factors, how to reduce risk, different ways of working to avoid manual handling tasks and the use of suitable equipment, where possible, if the activity cannot be avoided. Although every business is different, formal manual handling training can be developed and tailored toward the specific activities that your employees will carry out.
When a manual handling course is developed, it will incorporate a variety of different elements, often depending on the nature of the work and the industry. However, the majority of manual handling courses are built around activities that require lifting and carrying, focusing on areas such as the importance of safe manual handling practice, how to create strong risk assessments and identify hazards to reduce risk effectively.
A manual handling awareness course will also educate you on what equipment employees can use to reduce the risk, as well as the correct way to implement best practices when it comes to manual handling work.
Reducing risks to employees should be a key priority for business owners. With the right training employees will learn how to work safely while carrying out manual handling tasks but this is not the only advantage to manual handling training.
Your business can also benefit from reduced absence in staff. When good manual handling practices are promoted, employees are less likely to be injured. A manual handling injury can result in a prolonged period of sickness absence which can be costly for a business. Furthermore, back problems are one of the most common manual handling injuries, and they can result in a considerable amount of time away from work and can have a negative impact on a business.
Workplace injuries can be disastrous for a business. Not only can it affect the reputation of a company, but it can also result in significant costs through compensation and/or fines.
One of the best things that a manual handling course can do is to increase awareness in the workplace. Employees who are more aware are less likely to participate in unsafe working practices.
Not only does a manual handling awareness course increase safety standards in the workplace, but it also ensures that businesses are fully compliant with health and safety obligations and the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
To get started on a tailored course for manual handling, get in touch with us today.