The Manual Handling Operations Regulations set out certain requirements for employers who expect their workers to undertake such activities. They must either avoid manual handling where an injury is possible or if the activity can be avoided; or, they must carry out a risk assessment before commencing the work.
Employers must also respond appropriately if an employee complains of injury caused by a process or raises concerns about an aspect of their work. Employees must also take responsibility for their own safety as well as ensuring that of their colleagues.
Specific health and safety training can provide the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to carry out manual handling with minimal risk of injury:
The CIEH Level 2 Award in Manual Handling Principles and Practices addresses the issues involved by raising awareness of the risks involved in manual handling operations as well as the controls that can be put into place to minimise the risks.
The course also offers learners the opportunity to acquire the techniques that will help them safely push, pull, lift and carry objects. Reducing the risk of accident and injury within the workplace should always be a priority for any employer.