Principles of Manual Handling
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. Employees can gain a manual handling qualification through HABC to ensure compliance with the regulations and to minimise the costs incurred from work-related lifting injuries.
Training an employee to achieve a manual handling qualification employers have an effective way of ensuring that they have taken the necessary due diligence to ensure their staff are adequately trained.
This qualification is usually achieved by taking a one-day course.
It is assessed through a practical examination and a 30-minute, 15-question multiple-choice
examination. Learners must achieve a score of at least 10 and also practically demonstrate the
application of the correct techniques as indicated within the learning outcomes of the unit to
achieve this qualification.
Individuals achieving this qualification will be able to progress to:
HABC Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF)
HABC Level 2 Award in Moving People Safely (QCF)
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