FAQs Further to Covid-19 Crisis - Inanimate Load Handling Training

Our trainers have been busy talking to our clients and delegates with advice on moving and handling and risk assessment issues which have arisen as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

In response to some of these conversations we have put together a new Information Sheet in our online Resources Library for EDGE-trained key trainers, which addresses some of the questions asked most frequently. We are also making this information public, via our news pages, in the hope that other health care, social care and special educational needs staff might find the advice useful.

How should we deliver inanimate load handling training to reduce the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus?

It is recognised that within the care sector and special educational needs settings that in the main the hazards associated with inanimate load handling activities are reasonably low. To reduce the risk of passing on the Covid-19 virus during face-to-face training sessions you might consider utilising a training video and/or the information contained within the EDGE trained Key Trainers course materials to replace your usual hands-on training sessions.
It may well be considered ‘sufficient’ at this time to balance the risk of cross infection of the Covid-19 virus against the risk of a muscular-skeletal injury to a member of your staff when undertaking these low hazard activities.
We would however, advise that as soon as the pandemic permits that staff undertaking inanimate load handling activities in your work area are trained and assessed in the usual way.

EDGE will continue to review, amend and update our FAQ's as this pandemic continues. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the above in more detail, please contact us direct and we will be happy to help: [email protected]
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