Manual handling injuries are the main cause of lost working days in the UK. These occur due to sprains and strains resulting from the incorrect lifting and movement of objects. In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and subsequent regulations, it is the responsibility of all employers to provide employees with sufficient information and training on manual handling.
Completion of this manual handling course will aid in ensuring staff are carrying out their manual handling duties in accordance with the regulation and these good practices will assist in minimising the costs incurred from work-related lifting injuries.
Award in Safe Moving and Handling
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations do not set any weight limits for lifting and carrying loads. Amendments to the regulations in 2002 now require employees to have adequate or appropriate knowledge or training in order to make assessments to judge whether safe moving is possible.
The regulations apply to almost all work environments from offices to care homes and factories. There are different risks associated with different sectors and this regulated qualification offers learning outcomes which are suitable for all.
This course is made up of one mandatory unit for which learners must successfully complete the assessment. This can be taken as a standalone course or as part of a wider programme of training. It particularly complements our Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace course.
This course is assessed in two parts. Learners must pass both parts in order to complete the course.
Part 1 is a 30 minute, 15-question, multiple- choice examination, where learners are required to correctly answer a minimum of 10 out of 15 questions to pass.
Part 2 is a competency-based assessment where learners must practically demonstrate the correct techniques as indicated within the learning outcomes of the unit. Learners can either achieve a pass or a fail in this section.