Off-the-Shelf Manual Handling Training Should Become a Thing of the Past Agrees Dr Alistair Bromhead

The Health and Safety Executive has recently announced that off-the-shelf manual handling training should become 'a thing of the past'. Dr Alistair Bromhead agrees, citing practical, tailored training as the only way to reduce workplace MSDs.
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ASHTEAD, U.K. - May 10, 2018 - PRLog -- The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued new musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) advice to help employers decide the type of help required to deal with the MSD risks within their working environments. The web-based advice has come about through the collaboration of various trade unions, training providers, professional bodies, safety professionals and consultants and businesses themselves. It was launched at the recent MSD Summit in March.

As part of the advice, the HSE has said that off-the-shelf manual handling training should become 'a thing of the past'.

Geoff Cox, Health and Work Portfolio Manager for the HSE, said: "Our research shows that simplistic training involving bending your knees to lift a cardboard box is just a waste of time and money, it just doesn't make any difference."

Dr Alistair Bromhead is the founder of Alistair Bromhead Ltd, a nationwide provider of manual handling and people handling training. He totally agrees with the HSE on the subject of the importance of tailored training.

"We have on many occasions talked about the vital importance of including site-specific risk assessments and hierarchy of controls as integral elements of all manual handling training. In addition, we have always championed practical, tailored training," says Dr Bromhead.

"Manual handling training should never been about lifting cardboard boxes then getting people to sign forms to say they've 'done the course'. Instead, it should focus strongly on active participation and encourage involvement from all attendees, emphasising the personal benefits of correct manual handling technique.

"Our training is not and never has been off-the-shelf either and we fully agree on all counts that this type of training has no substance whatsoever."

Dr Bromhead points out that manual handling risks vary not just from one organisation to another, but from one job role to another. "Not only that, the risks will change based on the person doing the manual handling, taking into consideration physical ability and condition, disability, stature and pregnancy," he says.

The nationwide manual handling courses offered by Alistair Bromhead Limited cover a wide range of elements including risk assessments, hierarchy of controls, team handling, manual handling injuries, anatomy of the lumbar spine, good handling technique and practical handling exercises using a range of representative loads.

Every course is individually tailored and, if required, can be run on employers' premises so that any manual handling aids used can be incorporated into the training. The specifics of the handling environment also form part of the training.

Dr Bromhead concludes, "The Health and Safety Executive says that off-the-shelf manual handling training should become a thing of the past. If you want to reduce the risk of MSDs in your workplace, be sure to provide your staff with tailored manual handling training."

To learn more about the manual handling training courses offered by Alistair Bromhead Limited, call 0800 710 1099 or email or visit
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