Why Should Manual Handling Training be Tailored?
Manual handling is a fairly generic term, similar to COSHH (Hazardous Substances) in that the term covers a broad spectrum of circumstances and items. As far as manual handling is concerned, the correct way to lift or manipulate a load will depend greatly upon the attributes of the particular object in question (Related Article: Manual Handling Loads of Changing Weights). For example, characteristics such as the weight of the load, stability of the contents if they are in a container, how easy it is for a person to grip the item, size etc are all variables which need to be taken into account when performing manual handling and are likely to result in an adaptation of manual handling techniques.
It is for this reason that the most effective manual handling training courses are those which are bespoke and tailored to the specific items that are being frequently handled by your employees whilst they go about their regular workplace activities. Whilst a generic course can teach the basic theory about lifting and manually handling items, only a bespoke course which is tailored to the objects that workers are manipulating will be able to teach and focus on the most suitable way to handle them in a way which minimises the chances of them suffering an injury, which is obviously the main reason for providing the training.
Most workplaces are also likely to make use of mechanical aids to assist with the lifting or moving of objects. This machinery is likely to require specific training on its correct and safe operation, which will not be covered on a standard, generic manual handling course.