The purpose of the project is to research the incidence of injury when performing manual handling tasks during operational policing, the types of injury that have resulted and to suggest specific training schedules (and/or educational awareness) to reduce the severity or likelihood of that injury. The project will include a thorough review of the literature available, with particular emphasis upon the guidance set out by the Health and Safety Executive, as well as the legal obligations upon employers. Having established the rate and type of injury the project intends to conduct a comprehensive needs analysis of operational departments within the police service to identify the demands of specific tasks within those roles. The challenge is to:
The research methodology is currently being developed but will include a combination of research and an applied experimental/programme delivery phase (sample size to be confirmed).