Manual Handling regulations: How often do I need to do manual handling training?

Manual Handling regulations: How often do I need to do manual handling training?

Posted on May 26, 2016

How often do I need to do manual handling training?



If your staff have a job or role that involves any form of manual handling, you need to ensure they have correct training. Manual handling training is important to ensure that all processes of any job that involve handling are being performed safely and correctly – and that no harm or injury occur to those that carry it out. As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure you are compliant with regulations, and that your staff are aware of safe practices.

Correct training will ensure the safety of not just your employees, but the safety of any visitors to your business too – and not to mention the safety of your company. Who fancies a law suit because of something that could have been avoided, like a banana skin left on the floor, or a pile of boxes being picked up and put down incorrectly?

The HSE and professional guidelines both recommend that all health and safety training should be refreshed at least annually.


Who needs training?

The answer is pretty simple: anyone who performs any type of lifting, carrying, pulling or pushing within their role will need manual handling training (that includes Dwayne in the stock room who is responsible for putting away the boxes of paper, and Suzie the cleaner who pushes around the heavy floor-polishing machinery).


Best Practice Manual handling best practice is considered to be:

  • ensuring sufficient controls are in place to prevent any accidents
  • communicating any potential hazards or risks to your team in a clear way
  • carrying out a thorough risk assessment, that includes all processes and tasks
  • monitoring your operational standards on a regular basis
  • involving all staff in the process
  • reviewing and updating any processes that involve unnecessary manual handling


Did you know?

In 2014/15, an estimated 9.5 million working days were lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders, an average of 17 days lost for each case.

The total number of work-related musculoskeletal disorder cases in 2014/15 was 553,000 out of a total of 1,243,000 for all work-related illness – that works out as 44% of the total!


Easily Avoidable Injury

What would the cost be for your organisation to cover the workload if one of your staff was off injured for 17 days due to a work-related accident?

Probably a lot more than it would cost to train all your staff with us here at flick learning! Make sure all your employees are trained and understand their responsibilities when it comes to manual handling by clicking the link below and registering today.


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