Although defined in 1963 as “the fitting of the task to the man”, ergonomics developed as a co-ordinated subject during World War II. This involved scientists, engineers, psychologists, physiologists and doctors working together to consider the effects of work related tasks on people.

Action then needs to target the ergonomic issues identified, staff should be encouraged to look out for the effects of their work on themselves and give suggestions for improvement.

In the last thirty years manual typewriters have been replaced by computers. Along with the new technology have come new hazards which can, if not controlled, cause injuries to those using computer workstations. All of the hazards are easily identifiable and can be prevented from causing injury.

The Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (as amended) set legal standards for those who use computers for a significant part of their normal daily routine. However, the standards they specify are good practice whether you use the computer for half an hour a day or seven hours a day.

If you do not have a trained competent DSE assessor we are able to complete in depth display screen equipment assessments for users, these take into account individual factors including any pre existing ill health conditions, the work station, work patterns along with checking every workstation meets the requirements of the schedule associated with the Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992.

Alternatively we can offer in-house assessor courses, run at either your premises or from our training centre in Peterborough for a maximum of 6 delegates. The number of delegates for this type of course is restricted to ensure their is sufficient tutor delegate interactions. Our DSE Assessor courses are highly informative and they include formal presentations as well as practical exercises and an opportunity to carry out a number of DSE assessments on real workstations.

If the house is run in-house we will include company DSE company procedures and use your DSE forms if your have them, alternatively we will provide out template forms which can be used and then copied for future use in the workplace in the future. This course can have a short written assessment at the end to give confirmation that people have not only attended but also understood the main issues.

DSE Assessor – typical course contents:

  • Course introduction – Aims and objectives
  • Introduction to legal issues
  • Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992
  • Office related hazards and DSE use
  • What is a DSE?
  • Who is a “user”?
  • Possible Injuries
  • Factors contributing to injuries and illness
  • Minimum standards for equipment
  • Workplace issues
  • Setting up a workstation
  • Practical Workstation assessments
  • Recording requirements
  • Suitable adjustments
  • How users can help themselves
  • Course Summary & assessment

IN-HOUSE TRAINING | Manual Handling

Manual handling includes the lifting, pushing, pulling and moving of objects. It is responsible for a significant number of workplace injuries every year, many of which involve long term chronic injuries which may go on the effect a person at work and at home.

If you are unfortunate enough to suffer an injury at work, the chances are roughly one in four that it will be a back injury caused by trying to lift or carry a load which is too heavy or too awkward to move safely.

About a quarter of all accidents notified to the Health and Safety Executive every year are connected with the manual lifting of loads. Each year there are approximately 90,000 back injuries in Britain, resulting in the loss of millions of working days costing an estimated £60,000,000 or more in lost time alone.

Manual handling accidents cannot be measured in purely financial terms.
Damage to the back or spinal column (which is the key to all body movement) can literally cripple its victim, making any kind of bodily activity either impossible or extremely painful.

Back injuries can rarely be seen. They are often slow to heal and once damage has been done, injuries often recur. A damaged back means a damaged life, affecting work, recreation, social and family activities.

Manual handling accidents cause other types of injuries, e.g. sprains and strains that can compound or complicate the situation. The carrying of dangerous substances or losing control of heavy loads in certain situations may put others at risk.

  • average time off 6 to 8 weeks.
  • highest incidence in 16 to 44 age group.
  • 80% suffer recurrence.
  • Annually 2.25 million visits to General Practitioners for treatment.

The Manual Handling Lifting Regulations 1992 require employers to avoid hazardous manual handling, where this is not practicable then the risk must be assessed and action taken to reduce the risk. We can offer a range of training and consultancy solutions to meet the legal requirements and prevent manual handling related injuries and ill health this includes:

The Manual Handling Lifting Regulations 1992 require employers to avoid hazardous manual handling, where this is not practicable then the risk must be assessed and action taken to reduce the risk. We can offer a range of training and consultancy solutions to meet the legal requirements and prevent manual handling related injuries and ill health this includes:-

Manual handing training

This practical half day session covers the identification of MH related hazards, the anatomical system, MH injuries and their prevention, along with good lifting techniques and the use of handling aids.

Manual Handling Risk Assessment

This one day session focuses on the core competencies of those who are required to carry out manual handling assessments. The starts with an introduction to the human body, muscles, tendons and ligaments, explores the causes of MH related injuries. The legal requirements are reviewed, the scope and detail required to complete suitable and sufficient risk assessments along with making recomendations on the control measures then required to reduce the risks adequately.

Manual Handling Train the Trainer

This two day session covers the techniques of presentational and communication skills along with the detail of safe manual handling techniques and their respective legal requirements. Delegates will be given both the knowledge they need to run a manual handling session along with the development of their presentational skills to ensure sessions can be run back in their workplace.

Our Approach

All our sessions contain a tutor presentation via laptop and projector on what manual handling involves, how injuries occur and how to avoid these injuries through safe handling techniques. All our training is aimed at bringing the subject alive with up to date practical examples of both good and bad practice to focus delegates on the action they can take to contribute to the safety of their work area and to protect themselves. To check understanding and competency delegates can also be given a range short assessments to check their understanding of the key issues, this can be used by the employer as evidence not only of training but also understanding.

Health and Safety Consultancy

We are able to provide health and safety policies including arrangements for safe moving and handling, the completion of manual handling risk assessments and ergonomic assessments¬ to assist in meeting company legal duties. Every company must have access to competent health and safety advice, it’s a requirement of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and this includes the competency to complete specialist risk assessments including MH risk assessments. We are listed on the HSE health and safety consultants register and are part of the IOSH Continuous professional development scheme to ensure we are able to offer up to date, specific but practical advice on manual handling solutions.


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