This course has been designed to ensure students are sufficiently trained and able to apply the principles and practices of safe manual handling in the workplace. It addresses the current health and safety legislation in Ireland and outlines the responsibilities of the employer and the employee under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.
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 course consists of 7 units. Units 1–6 cover Manual Handling Theory and takes 90 minutes to complete. Unit 7 is an interactive module that will focus on the practical demonstrations and assessment and will be delivered online by an experienced Manual Handling Instructor.
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
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.
Where is this course run?
This course is delivered online.
How long is the certification valid for?
The certificate is valid for 2 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 an online practical-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.