HSL: Manual handling for Assessors – HSL Buxton, 19 Oct 2016

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HSL is to run a 1 day course on Manual Handling for Assessors.

19 October 2016


Manual handling is one of the main causes of musculoskeletal
disorders (MSD), which are the second most common occupational
injuries within the UK and make up nearly half of all work-related
ill health seen by general practitioners (GPs) are MSD related. The
most recent HSE statistics on MSDs show a 20% increase in MSDs with
184,000 new cases (2013/14), around 80 per cent of
which are attributable to work conditions.

Prevention and control of work-related musculoskeletal disorders
(MSD) is a major priority and as such HSE have published a
simple but effective risk assessment method called the MAC
tool.  This enables risk identification of key manual handling
risk factors so that these can be eliminated or managed in the most
cost effective way.

This course will equip you with the knowledge to help recognise,
assess and reduce manual handling risks in your organisation. It is
suited to employers and employee representatives who intend to
begin the process of manual handling risk assessment and control
within their companies. It will also benefit those already involved
in manual handling risk reduction who require more formal or
in-depth training in this subject, including training in the use of
specific manual handling assessment tools.

The course will cover:

  • Principles of manual handling

  • Understanding injuries

  • Common types of injuries

  • Legal aspects

  • Key risk factors

  • Manual handling risk assessment (MAC and L23)

  • Pushing and pulling

  • Control and reduction of risk

  • Key principles of good handling techniques

  • Case studies

Presenters include:

• Matthew Birtles, HSL – Ergonomics specialist in MSDs


The course will be run at the HSL laboratory in the spa town of
Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good
links to mainline train stations and Manchester International

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


The cost of this course is £425 per person (includes
course notes, lunch and refreshments).

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For further dates and additional information email:
or contact the Training & Conferences Unit
at HSL directly on +44 (0)1298 218806.

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