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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.

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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