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Manual Handling and Advanced Materials

The advancement of technology and new methods of construction have exciting benefits not only for architecture and internal design, but also have a bearing upon manual handling. This is because new materials have been developed in recent years which still have the required strength as other traditional building materials but are substantially lighter in weight. These include aluminium, carbon fibre and polymer materials.

This lighter weight means that there is a lower risk of builders and construction workers suffering an injury as a result of having to move and manipulate the material into place whilst constructing a building or object.

Not only do advances in the materials benefit the workers who have to handle them, but they will also gain from the development of new equipment and mechanical assistance aids that can be used to move loads into position. For example the introduction of machinery which uses air-powered suction cups to hold and move panes of glass has reduced the strains on the bodies of workers in industries such as car manufacturers.

But there is still a risk even from lightweight materials. Even though they are lighter, they will still have some weight to them, and this can still be substantial in particularly big pieces. Along with weight, the awkwardness of a load to handle plays a critical role in many manual handling injuries, and many advanced materials can still have these characteristics such as being difficult to grip properly or large dimensions which affect a person's centre of gravity whilst carrying it.

So whilst technology is making materials lighter and improving the availability of assistance equipment, manual handling risks are still highly prevalent and workers need to receive proper training in order to safeguard their health and safety and reduce the chances of suffering an injury.

Related Courses

Please see below for some other courses which you may be interested in:

COSHH Awareness Training Course

The COSHH Awareness course is aimed at people who deal with hazardous substances on a day to day basis. Delegates will be briefed on the importance of procedures, safe handling and risk assessment of hazardous substances within their organisation.

At the conclusion of the course, delegates will have a sound understanding of their personal and legal responsibilities for the control of chemical and hazardous substances.

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Permit to Work Training Course

A permit to work system ensures that formal validation and authority is given when hazardous work is to be undertaken. It ensures that all components of a safe system of work are established before high risk work commences, thereby controlling and reducing risk to individuals and the organisation. The permit to work is also a means of communication and control between site managers, supervisors, contractors and those carrying out the hazardous work.

This health and safety training course can be tailored to include details of your company-specific permit to work system.

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Risk Assessment Course

Our risk assessment course is aimed at anyone with specific responsibility for risk assessments, and will also be beneficial for anyone involved in the risk assessment or risk management process. Typical delegates include supervisors, managers, directors and safety representatives.

The course is designed to give those with risk assessment responsibility a sound footing in the process of risk assessment. We introduce delegates to the relevant legal framework and current HSE recommended best practice.

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Sharps Awareness Course

This course is aimed at operatives who work with sharps, along with their supervisors and managers. It is designed to provide an insight to some of the issues associated with the incorrect handling of sharp objects as well as health risks, and ensuring the safe disposal and handling of these implements.

Our sharps training course is also an ideal course to top-up existing knowledge and tool box training, or for managers needing to understand the issues being faced by their staff, and offers ideas and solutions to help deal with these issues.

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