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    DON’T WASTE MONEY ON MANUAL HANDLING TRAINING

    hselogo1HSE call for focus on elimination or reduction of manual handling risk

    HSE has reported that research has shown that general training in lifting techniques is an ineffective way of controlling the risks of manual handling in businesses.

    By contrast the regulator recommends that getting help to change the way you work can reduce manual handling risks and thereby avoid “paying for ineffective or unnecessary training.”

    Launching web-based advice at its inaugural MSD Summit the HSE Health and Work Portfolio Manager Geoff Cox said:

    “Our research shows that simplistic training involving bending your knees to lift a cardboard box is just a waste of time and money, it just doesn’t make any difference.

    DURAKERB – LIGHTWEIGHT KERBS AND RCS FREE

    The overall aim is to avoid and reduce manual handling, and that’s where employers should start if their workforce faces manual handling risks. Don’t start with training, start with re-organising and redesigning your working practices.you do need staff training, and there are many residual risks where this is the case, then this needs to be customised and professionally delivered.

    Any such training should be based on observations of current working practices, and should be informed by the views and experience of the workforce.”

    Key actions required

    HSE suggest that the categories below describe the different kinds of help you may need and HSE gives examples of how these have been implemented in practice. Comparing your circumstances to these, should help you get the most suitable type of help for your business.

    • Management – comprehensive approach to managing MSD risks in your business;
    • Assessment – MSD risk assessment;
    • Change – workplace organisation and design changes; and
    • People – changing attitudes, behaviours and providing tailored training.

    HSE has provided a list of professional bodies, consultant registers and qualification awarding bodies, who have members with the qualifications and experience who may be able to help you deliver what you need. HSE advises that businesses should as for evidence of “practical hands-on experience and track-record”.

    Trainers need to demonstrate they have the delivery skills to empower and engage your workforce and business.

     

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