Manual Handling Course

Manual Handling is the single biggest cause of non-fatal injuries in the workplace.  HSA figures from 2011 show that 1/3 of all non-fatal injuries were attributed to manual handling.

Manual handling training is a requirement under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007.  The regulations specifies that employers must take appropriate steps to avoid the need for manual handling.

Manual Handling CourseWhere this is unavoidable, the employer must provide a Manual Handling Course for employees. The regulations also specify other controls including the need for risk assessment and reducing the risks associated with manual handling.

Our Manual Handling Course is designed to give participants an understanding of manual handling risks and to show them how to avoid injury associated with manual handling activities.

Each course is tailored to take account of the activities of your staff. Therefore, when providing manual handling training on site, we utilise the materials and equipment your staff actually use, thereby ensuring maximum return on your training investment.

Aside from any legal requirement, putting your staff on a Manual Handling Course may also help in reducing accidents and protecting your business against compensation claims.

Course Content

  • Legislation
  • Manual Handling Risk Assessment
  • Structure Of The Back
  • General Principles Of Manual Handling
  • Different Type Of Lifts
  • Fitness & Flexibility
  • Practical Demonstration Of Safe Manual Handling Techniques By Instructor Followed By Student

Course Duration

Half Day.


The manual handling course takes place in both a classroom and practical setting.  Slide-show presentations are used for instruction and demonstration purposes.  To ensure the manual handling course is relevant to the needs of the client, practical instruction is given in the working environment (where possible).  Additionally, each attendee is given handouts which cover the main points.


Training is provided at the client’s premises.


Individual certificates are issued for each trainee who completes the manual handling course.

Manual Handling FAQs

We have provided our staff with a manual handling course, are we covered legally?

The short answer is “NO”. The manual handling regulations require employers to take a number of steps before providing training for staff engaged in manual handling. In the first instance, employers are required to avoid manual handling. Where it is not possible to do so, the employer must then assess the risks associated with manual handling for each activity. It is not sufficient to conduct 1 all-encompassing assessment of manual handling in the workplace. Instead, the employer must identify all of the tasks in the workplace which involve manual handling. These must then be individually assessed. For further information see our Manual Handling Risk Assessment page or contact us to discuss your requirements.

What does a Manual Handling course cover? HSA guidance requires that the following topics be covered:

  • Information on the law relating to manual handling
  • Information on anatomy and bio mechanics of the spine and muscles
  • Guidance on fitness for the task
  • Information on the specific manual handling hazards
  • Information on good handling techniques and practice at applying these techniques
  • Procedures for dealing with unfamiliar loads
  • Instruction on appropriate clothing, footwear and PPE (if required)
  • Instruction on the maintenance of the workplace in a safe condition
  • Co-operation of trained employees

What are the key requirements of the Regulations?

Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, there are four key requirements:

  • Avoidance of Manual Handling
  • Reduction of Manual Handling
  • Risk assessment
  • Provision of training

What does Manual Handling mean?

Under Regulation 68 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Manual Handling means “any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more employees and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving a load, which, by reason of its characteristics or of unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of back injury, to employees”.

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