Contrary to popular belief, manual handling injuries don’t only happen as the result of lifting and carrying heavy objects.
They can also come about when people are required to lower, push or pull heavy or cumbersome items, or when using improper techniques.
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), including manual handling injuries, are the most common type of occupational ill health in the UK, accounting for a third of sick days.
While the estimated working days lost due to self-reported work-related incidents has plateaued in recent years, last year, 30.4 million working days were lost due to self-reported work-related illness or injury according to The Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The HSE defines manual handling as the transporting or supporting of a load, including lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving. For some members of staff, manual handling accidents can result in long periods of sick leave and for others it can even lead to the end of their career.
Employers have a responsibility to ensure steps are in place to reduce the risk of manual handling injury, as well as encouraging early reporting of the symptoms, ensuring access to proper treatment, and suitable rehabilitation.
Highlighted below are some key responsibilities:
As an employer you must comply with the risk assessment requirements set out in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 as well as the requirement in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) to carry out a risk assessment on manual handling tasks.
Manual handling training is for people at any level and in any sector and allows companies to meet their obligations under the Manual Handling Operations Guidelines. Training covers health and safety legislation, spinal awareness, common musculo-skeletal injuries, risk assessments and good manual handling techniques.
The training certificate is valid for three years and protects employers from workplace accident compensation claims, which we are seeing more and more of in the UK.
Campbell & Kennedy has been delivering Health & Safety training in Clydebank, Glasgow, for over six years and has a dedicated classroom and working at heights facility. For advice on how to fulfil your legal duty as a business and ensure the safety and wellbeing of your staff, please don’t hesitate to contact our in-house Health and Safety Manager and trainer on 0141 435 7774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org