IOSH Getting to grips with manual handling

Summary: A 2 day course for line managers to identify, prioritise, assess and offer solutions to manual handling risks.

Provider: Human Applications
Location: UK
Duration: 2 days
Knowledge/experience needed: None, but delegates would benefit from understanding the nature of the manual handling operations within their organisation and exploring any existing processes, procedures, tools and techniques currently used. Delegates should be given time to undertake risk assessments within their organisation after the course.

Who should attend and why?
Manual Handling Risk Assessments are a line management responsibility. Risk Assessors may be line managers themselves or may be those appointed to carry out the risk assessment on their behalf. Delegates must be able to communicate to staff at all levels, be literate and able to take a practical approach to problem solving. Manual handling occurs as a part of many work activities and with productivity demands increasing in many sectors, these jobs hold the potential for musculoskeletal disorders. Many employers are now realising the benefits of handling-specific risk assessment skills, not only in order to fulfill their legal obligations but also to take a proactive approach to improve the efficiency and health of their employees where handling occurs. This course is designed for those with little or no previous health & safety or risk assessment experience. On completion of the course delegates will have a good working knowledge of the theory and practice of carrying out effective handling risk assessments as required by the Manual Handling Operations Regulations – with identification of effective risk controls as the key output.

What will you learn?

  • Understand how to comply with UK and EU health & safety law in relation to Manual Handling
  • Risk Assessments
  • Identify hazards and assess the risks associated with Manual Handling Operations following a prioritisation system
  • Undertake and record manual handling risks
  • Suggest appropriate control measures/interventions
  • Be able to assist line managers in managing the process

Expected outcomes
After the course you will:

  • Have a practical understanding of the manual handling risk assessment process
  • Have a basic understanding of how the musculoskeletal system is structured, how it functions and how it is injured
  • Be able to identify, prioritise, assess and offer solutions to manual handling risks using an ‘Ergonomics’ approach

Course content

  • The principles of manual handling risk assessment
  • The principles of safety law
  • Understanding the risks associated with manual handling
  • The Schedule to the Regulations
  • Planning assessment
  • Conducting manual handling risk assessments
  • Practical: conducting Manual Handling Risk Assessments
  • Manual Handling risk control
  • Managing the manual handling risk process
  • Exam (closed book)