A comprehensive online course covering the key aspects of manual handling and its risks.
This course is designed to give the learner a good understanding of how to safely undertake a manual handling operation. It covers topics including: what is manual handling; the legal requirements behind manual handling operations; risk assessment; manual handling techniques; etc.
Section One: What do we mean by the term, Manual Handling"?
After setting the scene for the coursein the introduction, we move into this very short section of the course to explore the question of "what is manual handling?".
Section Two: Legal Requirements
In this section, we take a look at the law regarding manual handling. This includes a very brief description of how Acts of Parliament are introduced and then draws our attention to the main Act and accompanying Regulations that underpin health and safety with regard to manual handling operations and management.
Section Three: Problems that can be caused by incorrect manual handling
In this chapter, we look at the dangers of poor manual handling and possible musculoskeletal injuries that can result from it.
Section Four: The Structure and Function of the Spine
To aid understanding of the injuries discussed in Section Three, this section gives a brief description of the structure and function of the spine. This section also describes how ligaments and tendons function as connective tissue for bones and muscles repectively, and how these can be damaged through poor manual handling.
Section Five: Assessing the Risks of Manual Handling Operations
This chapter is all about looking at the manual handling task and conducting a risk assessment to ensure that the operation is conducted in a safe manner. This is probably the most crucial aspect of any manual handling operation.
Section Six: Manual Handling Techniques
This is the chapter where all the action is! It covers the various techniques that are considered to be good practice when carrying out manual handling tasks.
Section Seven: Employer Responsibilities
This final chapter makes you aware of your employer's responsibilities, under health and safety legislation, for conducting manual handling risk assessments. It concludes, almost as course revision, with the Health and Safety Executive's own "Lifting Code".