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Manual Handling is Not Just About Objects

When people think about manual handling and the need for manual handling training, the vast majority will think of warehouse workers lifting and carrying heavy boxes around or something like that. Whilst this is most certainly a high-risk place of work when it comes to the potential for manual handling injuries to occur, virtually every place of work will have items which need to be manipulated and, subsequently, a very real manual handling risk.

So whilst a factory or warehouse may be the most obvious examples, there are also places of work that contain a danger to employee's health and safety with regards to manual handling risks that people may not initially think of.

For example, whilst most people will think of boxes or the like, manual handling loads do not have to be inanimate objects, and includes animals or people. This will incorporate places of work such as hospitals or care homes where employees have to lift or move patients into/out of beds, or on farms where workers or vets have to physically handle the animals. Whilst they may not be the first examples that spring to mind when thinking or workplaces, they are indeed still a place of work and are still subject to health and safety requirements with regards to the health and safety of workers including the need for manual handling risk assessments. The results of these risk assessments may identify the need for additional manual handling training or the requirement for mechanical aids such as lifting equipment to be installed and utilised.

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

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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

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

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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

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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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