Correct manual handling techniques could make all the difference


Manual handling injuries are common both in and out of the workplace, with many people not recognising the risks and injuring themselves without thinking.  Most of us can identify with the scenario of picking something up without realising how heavy it is and pulling a muscle, or bending down incorrectly to lift something and straining your back…

We live incredibly busy lives and rush around trying to get everything done in less and less time. Yet, if we just paused to consider for a moment, we could protect ourselves from injuries - perhaps lingering or lifelong ones.

Your back is the centre of your body and you should strive to keep it injury-free, as once the damage is done, it is difficult to correct. Some simple tips:

  • Assess how heavy that item is before picking it up; does it need two people to lift it or could you use a trolley to get the job done with more ease?
  • When lifting things, remember to squat down keeping your back straight, rather than curving down and hoisting the item upwards.

Just small changes like this could make all the difference to the wear and tear on our bodies, as after all, our body needs to last a lifetime!

Manual handling in the workplace

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (MHOR) 1992 require employers to manage the risks to their employees. They must avoid hazardous manual handling operations by redesigning the task to eliminate the risk of injury, carry out assessment of the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided and reduce the risk of injury from those operations as far as is reasonably practicable.

That’s where we come in…

PETA offer courses in manual handling aimed at workers undertaking the handling, those supervising these operations and those training others in manual handling techniques.

Manual Handling Awareness
This half-day course is ideal for those carrying out lifting and moving tasks or for those supervising manual handling operations who are looking for guidance on best practice and reducing the likeliness for incidents or accidents.

You’ll learn the processes to follow to reduce injury or harm caused by moving items, good lifting and moving techniques and the knowledge to highlight and avoid hazards.

Find out more and book onto our next course on 25 January.

Manual Handling – Train the Trainer
This three-day course is designed to develop trainers who will be responsible for training others in manual handling techniques and on best practice to reduce the potential for injury.

You’ll acquire the knowledge to reduce injury and absence caused through poor manual handling. On completion of the course, your organisation will benefit from MHOR compliance as well as having internal training capability resulting in a reduction in future manual handling training costs.

Find out more and book onto our next course on 18 February.

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