What is Manual Handling and why is it important?

Manual Handling is the term used to refer to a variety of physical movements, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling and carrying. If any of these tasks are not carried out properly there can be a risk of injury. Many work-related musculoskeletal injuries are caused by poor manual handling. They often involve heavy or awkward loads, twisting or turning movements, or over-stretching.

Musculo-skeletal injuries, which are commonly caused by manual handling, account for more than a third of all work-related illnesses, and cause over 8 million days absence per year. The average length of absence is 16 days – which can have a big impact on a business.

One of the key things that businesses can do to reduce the risk of injury to their employees, and the associated absence and expense, is ensure that they are trained on good manual handling movement techniques.

Manual Handling Training

Our specialised 1 day Manual Handling Course combines theory and practical skills. As well as watching demonstrations, delegates will get the chance to do guided practice sessions on good lifting, pushing and pulling techniques.

The course covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Anatomy of the spine
  • Top heavy bending
  • How injuries occur
  • The TILE principle
  • Load Risk Assessment
  • Base movement techniques
  • Mechanical handling
  • PPE

Throughout the course, our highly skilled trainers will assess learning progress, ensuring that any problem areas are addressed, ensuring that delegates gain all the knowledge and skills that they need to ensure that they can move well, protect their body, and reduce the likelihood of injury.

If you want to know more about our range of training courses, or make a booking, call us on 0141 244 0181 or email us at info@amalgamate-safety.com