Manual Handling - The Fundamentals

Producer: Embrace Learning

Duration: 3 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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Pushing and pulling, lifting and carrying are seldom activities we pay much attention to. However, dealing with heavy and awkward loads - especially people - requires a careful and more considered approach. Serious injury can be sustained very easily when the incorrect technique is applied as many working in the health and social care sectors can testify.

This training course addresses the difficulties presented by many manual handling tasks and provides detailed explanations of the issues involved and the correct approach in tackling them. Whilst geared to those whose job is caring for people directly, most of the material applies generally. Pushing heavy trolleys, lifting people and heavy equipment - simply picking up something from the floor - are all covered.

The training course includes an interactive Case Study illustrating the potential hazards that could result from a seemingly simple activity.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Authorware may also need to be installed for some courses


The key topics addressed include:

- The importance of correct techniques and training
- The responsibilities of employer and employee
- Key legislation
- How the spine works
- The possible consequences of serious injury
- The effects of gravity, posture and leverage
- Additional risk factors
- Risk Assessments


By the end of each study unit learners will be able to:

- Define Manual Handling
- Describe the possible consequences of manual handling injuries
- Explain how the spine works and how poor technique can cause injuries
- List their own responsibilities as well as those of their employer
- State the laws that cover manual handling
- Explain what manual handling risk assessments are, where to find them and how to use them.

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