You should ensure people at risk from manual handling receive the appropriate information, instruction and training when they start work or as soon as possible after the need has been identified.
For low-risk manual handling activities, the people at risk should read the back safe guidance (.pdf) leaflet and be aware of the findings from the general risk assessment. This should be carried out as part of their health and safety inductionhealth and safety inductionhealth and safety induction.
In addition to the low-risk training, the people at high risk from manual handling will require 'hands on' or kinetic manual handling training. The kinetic manual handling training is delivered face to face and includes the theory behind safer handling techniques and the health effects of poor handling techniques. The course should contain a practical session where the findings of the detailed risk assessment are communicated to the people at risk. In the practical session trainees should perform the task and handle the loads they work with. It is important to carry out the training in the environment in which they work. If required, individuals with specific requirements may need additional training to ensure their safety.
The aim of refresher training is to update and reinforce manual handling training and safe behaviours. Possible triggers for refresher training are new manual handling activities, significant changes to the risk assessments or new risk assessments, a manual handling accident or when monitoring has shown that people's skills need updating. Contact HSAS if you would like more advice on training frequency, how to carry out effective training and support in carrying out full manual handling risk assessments.
HSAS can help you develop and deliver kinetic manual handling training. There are a variety of training aids available to you. HSAS has a trained manual handing trainer who can assist managers in developing and delivering manual handling training based on their detailed risk assessments. However, it is strongly recommended that in departments and sections where manual handling forms a significant part of the workload, key departmental staff are trained to deliver manual handling and to carry out detailed risk assessments. A benefit of this approach is that action can be taken to address manual handling concerns as part of local supervision.