The Manual Handling Regulations do NOT simply talk about training as there are other things that can be done before training has to be carried out. Although it may seem obvious the first thing a company should do when considering it's manual handling operations is to see if any potentially hazardous risks can be reduced or even eliminated.
Those risks that remain should be the subject of a risk assessment to see if the risk can be reduced. (I have conducted many a manual handling course, had the trainees do the risk assessment and discovered that the perceived risk simply didn't exist)
Once the things described above have been carried out, employers should identify those employees still at risk from manual handling operations and have them trained in manual handling techniques.
It should be remembered that according to health and safety law, all measures to improve safety only need to be carried out "so far as is reasonably practical".
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