The Manual Handling Course can be tailored to suit individual workplaces. The course is highly interactive and involves both theory and practical sessions. The learner is assessed by the instructor in safe handling techniques and the principles of safe moving and handling.
Over 30% of accidents reported to HSA annually result from manual handling. 50% of people who are off work with back pain have a recurrence within one year. 5% of back pain injuries can lead to prolonged disability. It’s equally common among males and females.
The definition of Manual Handling can be found in Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007. Chapter 4 of Part 2: Manual Handling of Loads.
We also offer a Public Manual Handling Courses in our training centre in Longford and online. Please note that the online course is an awareness course only, you will also need further practical training, please get in touch with us to arrange this.
All staff who perform tasks involving manual handling at their place of work. Regulation 68 of the 2007 Regulations defines ‘manual handling of loads’ as:
‘any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more employees and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying, or moving a load, which, by reason of its characteristics or of unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of a back injury, to employees’
All our tutors hold a minimum QQI Level 8 in their subject matter, a Train the Trainer QQI Level 6 or higher.
Full participation in the course is required to receive certification
3 Year Phoenix STS Certification
A registered training provider is an individual, or a company/organisation, which has agreed their quality assurance procedures with the QQI and is registered with the QQI to provide training courses.
There is no set requirement, but it is recommended that refresher training should be provided at intervals not more than every three years or where there is a change in work practices resulting in the introduction of a new system of work related to manual handling or use of equipment to handled loads.
In simple terms, the main thing is a risk assessment, though there are other considerations:
If manual lifting is the only option then there are a number of things that can be done to reduce the risk, including;
The law does not identify a maximum weight limit. It places duties on employers to manage or control the risk; measures to take to meet this duty will vary depending on the circumstances of the task. Things to be considered will include the individual carrying out the handling operation, e.g strength, fitness, underlying medical conditions, the weight to be lifted and distance to be carried, the nature of the load or the postures to be adopted or the availability of equipment to facilitate the lift.
There is no universally safe maximum weight for any load, however, there are varying degrees of risk.
Although training can be important in raising awareness and reducing risk, it should not be assumed that training alone will ensure safe manual handling. It should be supplemented with monitoring and reviews of procedures to ensure that the training is understood and being applied. Reporting problems such as unsafe working conditions or accidents need to be reinforced by good supervision.
Training should cover:
There is no single correct way to lift. The technique for lifting will depend on many things, such as the weight and size of the item. For example, it would be easier to pick up something that is boxed and has handholds than something awkwardly shaped or where the weight is unevenly distributed. The content of any training in good handling technique should be tailored to the particular situation or individual circumstances under which the manual handling takes place. However, HSE has published guidance which contains illustrations of good handling practice.
Chapter 4 of Part 2: Manual Handling of Loads requires employers to take appropriate steps to provide general indications and, where it is reasonably practicable to do so, precise information on the weight of each load, and the heaviest side of any load whose centre of gravity is not positioned centrally.
The first step required by the Regulations is that employers should, so far as is reasonably practicable, avoid the need for their employees to carry out manual handling operations that involve a risk of injury. If this is not reasonably practicable then the risks to employees of the manual handling operations carried out in the normal course of their work should be assessed and reduced.
To meet the provisions of Regulation you;
Obviously, they are not expected to label the person with their weight. However, the weight of the patient should form part of the risk assessment and be recorded and communicated to staff as part of the patient’s moving and handling plan. If their weight is not available, then an informed estimate should be made taking into account their size and information from others, including the patient. Their weight is only one aspect of the risk assessment and there are many other factors to take into account when moving and handling an individual, including the use of transfer and lifting aids.
It would not be practical to weigh and mark the weight on each animal, but the weight of an adult sheep will not vary hugely within a particular breed. So you can give handlers a good idea of the weights involved when you train them about handling techniques. Manual handling of large animals will require a full risk assessment, as there are several hazards involved.