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Manual handling training is a process of training that spells a professional’s guidance and regulations that are to be used in carrying out the stipulated task. The manual handling training includes information on the risks involved and how injuries are likely to occur, use of mechanical aid equipment, appropriate systems of work as stipulated on individual grounds, information on how to carry out safe manual handling and involvement of practical work that gives room to a trainee to do things right. The essence of manual handling training is to facilitate a healthy and safe working environment for both the workers and those around that working environment. Health care workers just like any other workers have their manual handling training that also spells out the guidance and regulations of their work.

Health care workers are responsible for taking care of others everyday. While this is so, they are also faced with a number of health and safety hazards at their work stations.  Employers have a responsibility of ensuring that their employees have safe and healthy working environments and the risks involved are significantly reduced by avoiding manual handling processes and operations that could otherwise be hazardous. It is an obligation that is in relation to health care workers to consider the age of the workers and the commonly used equipment to reduce the risk of injuries in the workplace.

Nurses and other health care parishioners take their manual handling courses or training before they are assigned to work in any health care hospitals or institutions. Health care manual handling courses can be found in many medical training schools and institutions and also in health care provision centers. You can also opt for online training through relevant websites.

In some countries like the United Kingdom, manual handling is subject to legislation. There are a number of areas that entail manual handling at work. They include Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1992), Lifting Operation and Lifting Equipment Regulations (1998), the Health and Safety at Work Act which was implemented 1974, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998) and the Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1998).

Health care workers can contribute to improved working environments by relating to their respective manual handling operations in their work places that they once learned during their manual handling training courses. Finally, a healthy and safe working environment is enhanced and facilitated by the cooperation of employees and employers commitment and relevance at the workplace.

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