Personal Protective Equipment
Information, Instruction and Training
Employers must ensure that wherever possible manual handling tasks involving a risk to the health and safety of employees are avoided, so far as reasonably practicable. Where these tasks cannot be avoided, employers shall carry out an adequate and sufficient assessment of the risks involved and will reduce those risks to the lowest level reasonably practicable.
Manual handling is defined as lifting, carrying, putting down, pushing and pulling i.e. moving a load by bodily force.
All employees will be provided with and must wear appropriate personal protective equipment for the tasks undertaken.
All employees, while at work, shall make full and proper use of any system of work or mechanical aid provided by the Company in order to reduce the risks associated with manual handling activities.
All employees will be given task related training in correct handling methods, which will include: -
(a) the reasons why the training is being given
(b) the effects poor handling can have on the body and how injuries can occur
(c) information on the loads to be handled
(d) the measures to be employed to reduce the risk
(e) the correct use of personal protective equipment
(f) the duties of employees
All training should be recorded on the Training Record and the employees' training records. Training may be general (e.g. general lifting techniques) or specific (e.g. handling of pallets).
Any employee who sustains a manual handling injury should be assessed to determine whether refresher training is required.
Training must also be given to temporary employees.
All assessments should be reviewed at least annually and immediately if it is suspected that the existing assessment may no longer be valid.
The following data should be retained in one easily accessible file.
1. Individual Assessment Forms
2. Pre-Assessment Forms
3. Control Summary
4. Training Record
5. Relevant Correspondence.
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