TQUK Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (RQF)

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Why Manual Handling is Important

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Manual handling refers to the movement or support of an item or objects a person handles by hand or by using bodily force. This applies to lifting, carrying, pulling, pushing, putting down and handling. There are regulations in place to help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries at work. While the actual risk itself cannot be eliminated, training can help reduce the likelihood of injury caused by the practice of poor manual handling techniques.

Manual handling is not limited to workers on the factory floor. Injuries can also be sustained by individuals working in offices lifting small objects, especially if they are reaching and twisting. In short, manual handling affects every worker and every employer in some way.

The Health and Safety Executive have found that injuries to employees due to handling, lifting or carrying attributed to about 20% of non-fatal accidents reported under RIDDOR

Statistics also show that during 2018 -2019 show that there are 498,000 workers suffering from work-related musculoskeletal disorders with 138,000 of these being new cases reported during the period between 2018 and 2019 resulting in a loss of 6.9 million working days.

It is important to note that these statistics include all musculoskeletal disorders that could be due to awkward working positions, and repetitive actions and keyboard working as well as lifting and handling, however, based on the reports taken from 2016 – 2017 and 2018-2019 the industries with higher than average rates of musculoskeletal disorders include Construction, Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry and Human Health and Social Work all of which generally are more physically strenuous

Reducing the number of manual handling injuries is not just about saving businesses money, there are also thousands of pounds lost to individuals in lost wages and in a reduction in their ability to carry out their chosen career, and it can have even more serious long-term implications. The techniques that you will learn on this course are easy and simple to remember but in order for them to be effective, you must remember to use them every time you are involved in moving or handling an object.