This manual handling in catering online training course explores the potential of manual handling injuries in the catering industry and explains safety principles that help minimise the risk of such injuries and accidents.
Since catering workers are exposed to unique manual handling situations, specific training on how to prepare and complete these jobs can aid them in keeping safe while on the job.
Over 30% of food industry injuries reported to Health and Safety Executive are manual handling injuries, representing nearly 1,700 acute injuries per year.
These injuries can have serious implications for both employers and employees. The Manual Handling Regulations 1992 require that employers assess the necessity of all manual handling operations and take necessary steps to reduce the risks of injuries and accidents and ensure health and safety in the kitchen workplace.
This online training course aims to enable catering workers to safely conduct manual handling duties. Catering work presents uniquely challenging manual handling situations. Proper training can help workers avoid injury.
The course requires no prior subject knowledge or previous prior course certification.
This online course explores the following sections:
- Introduction to Manual Handling
- Principles of Manual Handling
- Manual Handling Tips
This health and safety online training is intended for anyone who works or manages those who work in the catering industry, and who must complete daily manual handling tasks.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify common manual handling hazards in the catering industry
- Explain basic principles of injury prevention during catering work
- Apply health and safety tips to ensure safe working practices
Human Focus online course is:
- High-quality video content with clear voice-over
- Supports compliance with health and safety regulations
- Short, informative, and interactive content
- Mini interactive quizzes at the end of each section help participants easily learn concepts
IIRSM-approved certificate issued by Human Focus to trainees upon completion of training course.
Manual handling in hospitality means any time an employee uses their body to move a load. This may include lifting, carrying, lowering, emptying or filling.
Activity such as food preparation, cooking, cleaning, carrying trays, placing boxes, loading or unloading washing machines, and operating kitchen equipment all fall under the umbrella of manual handling activities.
Lifting and moving heavy objects such as trays, pans, equipment, or packs of food often lead to back injury, the majority of which are usually strains or sprains. Repetitive injury or severe accidents can lead to permanent back issues that could prevent workers from being able to live a normal life.
Feet and hands can also be crushed during manual handling activities, which can lead to obvious quality of life issues for those who suffer them.
While employers are responsible for ensuring that employees have both training and a safe environment in which to work, employees themselves play a vital role in prevention of injury during manual handling activities.
Assessment of particular tasks, use of personal protective equipment, and application of safety practices are necessary for employees to work safely, together or alone. In particular, knowledge and application of kitchen safety rules can help employees work together safely and avoid serious accidents. Employees with injury prevention training can also help employers by identifying tasks that require additional risk management.