Manual Handling in the Workplace
As outlined in Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Chapter 4 of Part 2: Manual Handling of Load, the Health & Safety Authority (Republic of Ireland) have outlined the Duties of an Employer as follows:
Regulation 69: Duties of employer
6. An employer shall— (a) take appropriate organisational measures, or use the appropriate means, in particular mechanical equipment, to avoid the need for the manual handling of loads by the employer’s employees,
This Regulation requires the employer to organise the work to allow the use of mechanical or other means to avoid the need for the manual handling of loads by employees in the workplace.
This means that all Employees should have undertaken Training in relation to Manual Handling. Depending on the type of business you operate e.g. Hospitality Sector, you may have significant staff changes during the summer period where Students are taken on for the Summer etc. How do you make sure that you meet your duties as an employer in this situation?
Manual Handling Instructor Course
One solution is that you can nominate suitable member of your staff to undertake a Manual Handling Instructor Course which normally takes 5 days to complete. Your nominated employee (on satisfactory completion of the course) will be able to train and certify all of your Staff in Manual Handling hence protecting your and your business going forward.