At the end of the course students will be able to:
Identify the relevant manual handling legislation in Ireland
Explain the anatomy of the spinal column
Recognise how incorrect manual handling technique can lead to injury
Outline the benefits of fitness and flexibility in the workplace
Describe the role of ergonomics and risk assessment in manual handling
State the 8 principles of safe manual handling
Unit 1: Manual Handling Legislation
Reasons to Manage Manual Handling
Definition of Manual Handling
General Duties of the Employer
Duties of the Employee
Duties of the Employer in relation to Manual Handling
Unit 2: The Musculoskeletal System
Structure and functions ofthe spine
The spinal cord
Ligaments and tendons
Muscles in movement
Joints of the spine
The process of movement
Unit 3: Musculoskeletal Disorders
Neck and upper limb disorders
Lower limb disorders
Disorders of the back
Risk factors for manual handling
Unit 4: Fitness and Flexibility
Fitness and flexibility
Benefits of stretching
Unit 5: Ergonomics and Risk Assessment
What is Ergonomics?
Benefits of good workplace ergonomics
Manual handling risk assessment
Unit 6: Safe Handling Techniques
The 8 principles of manual handling
Lifting from the floor (theory)
Lifting to waist height (theory)
Lifting to a height (theory)
Pushing and pulling (theory)
Team lift (theory)
UNIT 7: Practical Manual Handling
This Unit is carried out in the classroom and demonstrates how the principles of manual handling can be put into practice to include:
Pushing and pulling
Lifting from low levels
Lowering from a height
Team lifting principles
Further information on minding your own back
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 are examined with particular emphasis on the legislation specific to manual handling in the workplace.
This legislation, referred to as the Manual Handling of Loads Regulations 2007, outlines the duties of the employer including the requirement to avoid manual handling where possible, to carry out manual handling risk assessments and to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries to employees by implementing appropriate controls.
The training course also describes the structure of the spine and looks at the function and role of the individual components that make up the spinal column.The function of the muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints and spinal discs are outlined and detailed information is given in relation to how these components may become injured during manual handling activities.Risk factors which contribute to manual handling injuries are examined with the aim of reducing the risk of injury while undertaking a range of manual handling tasks in the work environment.The necessity to adhere to safe manual handling practices are explained and participants are advised on the procedure for carrying out manual handling risk assessments using the acronym TILE.The benefits of good workplace ergonomics are discussed as part of the risk assessment process and the significant role that ergonomics plays in the reduction of musculoskeletal injuries at work is highlighted throughout the training course.Fitness and flexibility in the workplace and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are also explored as factors to be considered when addressing manual handling-related injuries.
This is a blended online and classroom training course which will help employees to comply with current legislation and recognise the importance of good back care.Participants are initially guided online through the theoretical aspects of manual handling prior to embarking on the practical class-based component of the course.This training course offers a range of useful and practical information in relation to manual handling which is relevant to all workplaces.
The course consists of 7 units and Units 1–6 are covered online.The online component of the course takes 45 minutes to complete.
Unit 7 will focus on the practical demonstrations and assessment and will be delivered in the classroom by an experienced manual handling instructor.
Who should complete the training course?
The course is suitable for employees of all levels whose job involves the moving and handling of loads in the workplace
How long is the certification valid for?
The certificate is valid for 3 years
How will I be assessed?
On completion of the online course students are required to complete an end of course Quiz. Following completion of the online component of the course participants are required to attend a classroom-based session which will include a demonstration and assessment of practical manual handling techniques
Benefits of Manual Handling Training
Completion of this course will assist employees in maintaining good health and will help to reduce the risk of manual handling related injuries in the workplace.
It will provide participants with the skills, knowledge and training to utilise correct manual handling techniques when carrying out commonplace work activities.
Employees will have the ability to work in a confident and safe manner which will contribute to a safer work environment.
The course provides useful tips on good back care and raises the awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in the reduction of manual handling injuries.
It will also ensure that employees are aware of their legal responsibilities at work while ensuring employers are compliant with the law in the provision of manual handling training.