Research indicates that unsafe manual handling is the most common cause of work related injuries in the office. These injuries cause personal suffering and loss of income and also cost businesses and national economies. Injuries that arise from hazardous manual handling are commonly known as musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs. Any personnel can be affected, yet manual handling injuries can be prevented by assessing work tasks, consulting with colleagues, putting in place preventative measures, and checking that these measures stay effective.
Topics covered include: Manual handling injuries; Musculoskeletal disorders; How your back works; Manual handling risk factors; 9 case studies; Principles of safe manual handling; and It could happen to you! (an interview with an injured worker). 20 minutes.