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Manual Handling Training Needs Your Full Attention

Manual handling is a classic example of one of those health and safety topics that everybody thinks they know everything there is to know about the subject, and that any manual handling training they are asked to attend is a waste of their time. A number of people think that moving a load or picking an object up is such a simple task that it is somehow 'beneath them' to pay attention and listen. Also, when groups of workers attend health and safety courses such as these, there is sometimes an element of 'showing off' and trying to act cool amongst the person's friends by appearing to not listen.

The truth is that manual handling, or more accurately, incorrect manual handling, can lead to conditions such as back injuries which can be excruciatingly painful and may render the person virtually immobile for a while. Once this happens, the person will wish they paid more attention on the manual handling course.

From the employer's point of view, having workers who are trained to handle loads correctly can mean a greatly reduced number of lost working days from staff who have to stay at home and rest whilst their manual handling injury recovers. Unlike an illness where the person may recover in just a few days, an injury brought on by poor manual handling techniques can take weeks or even months to heal completely. During this time it is likely the company may need to recruit and pay the wages of temporary cover to do the work of the injured employee, which inevitably means extra costs to the business. In this situation the cost of the manual handling course is likely to have been less, and so would have paid for itself basically.

So it is in both the company and the employee's interest to ensure that not only is manual handling training undertaken, but that course attendees give the course tutor their full attention so that they take in the information being taught, which they can then put into practice back in the workplace and so greatly reduce the chances of them suffering a manual handling-related injury.

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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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