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Manual handling is an everyday task in most workplaces, whether you work in the office, or farm, stack shelves in a shop or a warehouse, or are employed on a building site. Goods whether they be boxed cartooned, loose or rolled along with tools, materials and all sorts of equipment, need to be moved, lifted, pushed, pulled and carried throughout the day.
Because we lift, push, pull carry and move things every day, we may not be aware that manual handling is a high-risk activity, and in Ireland, manual handling injuries are actually one of the most common causes of workplace injuries.
Having your staff trained in safe manual handling techniques can therefore mean the difference between a valuable day at work or an expensive one - being faced with a staff member off work with a bad back and a potential claim on your hands!
Risk is a natural part of daily life and as a business owner, you are not expected to eliminate every risk there is. But your duty lies in making sure you are aware of the main risks in your workplace and the things you need to do to lessen and manage them responsibly. Ultimately, you need to do everything reasonably practicable to protect your workers from ill health and harm.
Manual handling injuries and damages are part of a larger category of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The terminology "musculoskeletal disorders" includes any disorder, damage or injury of the joints or other tissues in the lower /upper limbs or the back. Statistics reveal that MSD cases, including those from manual handling tasks, make up a third (or more) of all work related illnesses reported each year. Evidence also shows that manual handling, heavy manual labor, awkward postures, or existing injury are all risk factors in the occurrence of MSDs.
ADSC Limited provides manual handling training for small, medium and large businesses and organisations, having been in the business of safety in the workplace for the past 10 years.
We offer our tailored services using only health and safety specialists, thereby ensuring the highest levels of professionalism and affordability.
Our course complies with the provisions of the General Application Regulations 2007 and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, and is revised in line with the 2011 Health and Safety Authority Standards and is intended for persons who may be required to lift / move loads in the course of their work.
The detailed course running for in excess of 2 hours covers Manual Handling Legislation, Risk Assessment, Anatomy of the Spine, Safe Manual Handling Techniques, DVD presentation Practical Tests along with a Course Summary followed by a comprehensive Question and session.
All successful participants will receive the ADSC Manual Handling Awareness Certificate which is valid for 3 years from the date of issue.
We would welcome the opportunity to submit a proposal in respect of manual handling for your organisation.
Manual Handling can be defined as any transporting or supporting of any load by one or more employees, and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving a load, which by reason of its characteristics or unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of back injury, to employees
Manual Handling Training is a legal requirement for all employees who may undertake manual handling. As most employees will undertake some form of manual handling as part of their job, training should be considered. If there is categorically no manual handling as part of an employee’s job then a Manual Handling Course will not be required.
All employees requiring Manual Handling Training should receive such training at periods not exceeding 3 years and certification should be kept on file.
We at ADSC Ireland have vast experience undertaking Manual Handling Training and would be delighted to provide a quote.
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