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CIEH Principles of Manual Handling

Principles of Manual Handling is a stand-alone level 1 qualification, which complements the CIEH Basic Health and Safety programme. It is aimed at those who carry out manual handling activities at work and introduces students to the hazards of manual handling, the risks involved and controls available and what to expect from a manual handling assessment. Successful completion will prepare students to look carefully at their own work activities and contribute to the development of safer methods and tasks, in co-operation with their managers and supervisors.

The qualification is not intended to train students to carry out manual handling assessments nor to provide detailed training on handling techniques. While this unit of study can be delivered as a stand-alone qualification and there are no specific pre-requisites, it is strongly recommended that students should already hold the CIEH Basic Health and Safety Certificate.

Topic areas covered
estimated annual cost to society through accidents and ill health is £11 to £16 billion The process of manual handling in the workplace
25 million working days are lost annually Manual handling injuries and the activities which cause them
25000 people are forced to give up work through injury Manual handling assessment and control options
Uninsured losses amount to £315 per employee Responsibilities imposed by the Manual Handling Operations Regulations

Target Audience

Operatives concerned with the lifting and carrying of materials as part of their day-to-day activities

To develop an understanding of the principles of manual handling, the potential for injuries and the preventative measures available.

Learning Objectives

On-site investigation To identify relevant manual handling situations in his or her own workplace.
Taking of witness statements To understand the causative factors behind manual handling injuries and the control measures that may be adopted to reduce the level of risk.
Gathering of evidence, measurements, photographs To create an awareness of the need for manual handling tasks to be assessed.
Collation of supporting documentation To understand the fundamental requirements of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.

Course Duration

1/2 day (3 hours)

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