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Ergonomic guidance on Working from Home (WFH)

OPS have developed ergonomic guidance on Working from Home (WFH) to assist employees to work remotely during the current Covid -19 crisis. This information will assist people to set up their home DSE workstation and to work comfortably. OPS can provide remote or virtual workstation evaluations for employers and organisations and to assist their employees […]

New Health and Safety Executive leaflet

The Health and Safety Executive in the UK have recently updated their leaflet ‘Manual Handling at Work’ a brief guide.  The revised leaflet is available as a download on the link below or can be purchased in hard copy from the Health and Safety Executive UK.  Manual Handling at Work

New guidance on how to manage ergonomic risk in the workplace and improve musculoskeletal health published by the HSA

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have recently published new guidance on how to manage ergonomic risk in the workplace and improve musculoskeletal health. Managing Ergonomic Risk in the Workplace to Improve Musculoskeletal Heal This guide gives direction on the actions that need to be taken in order to manage ergonomic risks at workplace level. […]

HSE guidance around the delivery of manual and people handling training in HSE settings

The HSE have recently published guidance around the delivery of manual and people handling training in HSE settings. These guidance documents will be of interest to manual and people handling instructors providing training in HSE centres. Links to these documents are listed below. Manual Handling and People Handling Training Guidance for Line Managers https://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/safetywellbeing/healthsafetyand%20wellbeing/manual-handling-and-people-handling-training-guidance-for-line-managers-faq.pdf Manual […]

People Handling Instructor and our People Handling Update Courses Spring 2020

We are pleased to announce new course dates for Spring 2020 for our People Handling Instructor and our People Handling Update Courses The People Handling Instructor Course leads to a QQI Special Purpose Certificate in People Handling Instruction Level 6 (6S0243). This course is for individuals who wish to provide patient/people handling instruction in the workplace. It […]

Test of Effort needed to move a patient up in bed

A pilot study to evaluate the differences between standing parallel to the side of the bed or taking an oblique offset position at the top of the bed. Recent research conducted by Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University UK. For more details download the document here:

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You may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), that comes into effect May 25, 2018. To help comply with GDPR consent requirements, we need to confirm that you would like to receive content from us. We would like to keep you updated on relevant news and research as well as information about […]

NICE publish guidelines on “Healthy workplaces for happy and effective employees”

NICE publish guidelines on “Healthy workplaces for happy and effective employees” Promoting a culture that improves the health and wellbeing of employees is good management and leads to healthy and productive workplaces, says NICE. The advice comes from latest public health guidance from NICE which calls for employers and managers to do more to address the effect […]

OPS Autumn Schedule of courses

OPS are pleased to announce their Autumn schedule of courses. Our People Handling Instructor Course will commence on October 7th and run over 7 weeks with the course assessment on November 13. Our very popular People Handling Instructor Update course is scheduled for October 16th. People Handling Instructor Course This course is a FETAC/QQI Level […]

The Sedentary Office

There is growing evidence of the links between sedentary living (prolonged sitting and lying postures) and the main causes of morbidity and mortality i.e. cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. The British Journal of Sports Medicine (June 1st 2015) has published a consensus statement from a panel of experts providing guidance to combat the potential […]

Backcare

www.backcare.org.uk have recently revised their publication ‘A Carer’s Guide to safer moving and handling of people and the 3rd edition is now available. The contents have been expanded to include the latest statistics on UK carers, organisations providing support to carers, as well as basic information on core stability and posture, and national guidance on safer moving […]

Judicial guidance on Manual Handling Training and Management

Two High Court judgments over the last two years provide clear guidance on manual handling, which employers and their safety advisors should note and implement in order to avoid liability in claims by employees. Both cases involved unloading trolleys where loads were stacked above head height in a retail store.