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Safe Moving and Handling: Development Spotlight

In this edition of development spotlight, we take a look at Safe Moving and Handling, an upcoming award which will complement our existing Health & Safety qualifications.

The IQ Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling will soon be available for IQ centres and will allow candidates and their employers to meet existing workplace legislation and increase productivity, making it highly sought after.  Incorrect handling at work is a serious problem; the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimate that in 2011/12 alone, two million working days were lost due to handling injuries (the most commonly reported injury), accounting for the majority of 3-day or more absences.[1]

How does this award help then?

The single, mandatory unit focuses on injury prevention and ensures that learners understand the various risks that incorrect handling can pose and how to minimise them. From how to carry out an effective risk assessment to the correct body position for lifting heavy equipment, this qualification has been designed to give candidates practical knowledge, which they can immediately transfer to their workplace.

By putting staff through this qualification, employers ensure that they meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), which states that employees must be provided with adequate training on manual handling, as well as those of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992), which specifically refers to the need for risk assessments.

Candidates who successfully obtain this award can then proceed onto further qualifications such as the Level 2 Award in Moving People Safely, Level 2 Certificate in Health and Safety in the Workplace or the Level 2 Award in Occupational Health and Safety using credits already achieved, as the single unit features within them.

We anticipate that this award will be available from early March.  If you are interested in offering it or for more information, get in touch.


Feb 28, 2013 11:39 AM