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Reasons for training

A lot of people have bad backs which they received by carrying out Manual Handling tasks using unsafe methods. Figures from the Health and Safety Authority’s (H.S.A.) website, and annual reports, suggest that in excess of 1/3 on non-fatal injuries are caused by incorrect Manual Handling. It is vital that all employees know the risks in the job including the risks associated with incorrect lifting and how to minimise the risks posed to them when undertaking any manual handling tasks. Manual Handling training helps to educate the learners of potential musculoskeletal injuries that occur as a result of poor ergonomic conditions and as a result of moving, lifting and carrying loads by one or more people.

Typical Manual Handling Course Contents

  • The function of the spine, the spinal cord, intervertebral discs and spinal nerves.
  • Discussion on the common types of injuries and how they could have been avoided
  • Several case studies will be carried out
  • Examples of unsafe Manual Handling and how improvements can be made to minimise the risk to the employee
  • The need for a proper Risk Assessment
  • Discussion on the MAC tool
  • Discussion on high profile Irish case law
  • Practical tasks, which will include pushing, pulling, lifting etc
  • Posture and back pain
  • Fitness and flexibility
  • Employee Risk Groups
  • Manual Handling Legislation in both Ireland and Europe including both the common law and statutory law
  • Ergonomics

Seamus does NOT provide people lifting courses for the health care industry, you need specific training for these tasks. 

If you require a Standard Manual Handling Certificate/ticket, Seamus will be delighted to help. Seamus provides generic Manual Handling (lifting) training courses via the following two training methods –

  • Traditional Standard Classroom type – This training is delivered in a training room. This type of course usually takes about 4 hours and is provide during the working week
  • Blended learning  – These types of courses are becoming popular. You can do part of the training course at home and meet up with Seamus in Killarney for the final module.

Certain manual handling tasks require special training, consult your Safety Adviser if your employees require special training as it is important employees are properly trained. Blended learning courses, are self-paced which means that you can operate at your own pace until you are happy that you understand the contents. The Standard online manual handling module can take about 45 minutes (you can take as long as you wish, as sufficient material is supplied if you wish to do further study) in your home at a time that suits you and the final module can normally be completed by one person in about 25 minutes. The final module is composed of more training and a further theory and practical test.

While not essential, it would be desirable if Seamus is furnished with the various risk assessments in advance of the course and would like to visit the workplace during the normal working day In advance of the course, so that he can see what really goes on in the workplace.

Regardless of which type of manual handling training chosen, employers MUST always carry out follow up proper workplace supervision to confirm the lessons learned at the training course are put into use at the workplace.

Course participants must remember that they need to put into practice the training undertaken during the training course. Employers are required by S19 of the 2005 Act to conduct a Risk Assessment of all work activities and this does include tasks involving manual handling. This assessment should highlight what improvements need to be made to minimise the risk posed by the activity. Course participants, unless they are medically approved, must not take part in any flexibility exercises.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]