Manual Handling Training

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Manual Handling Training

Course Overview

Manual handling encompasses a variety of tasks, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling and carrying. Correct manual handling training is crucial to avoid injuries, especially to the back and spine, which are often associated with incorrect lifting techniques.

A manual handling training course equips participants with the understanding of anatomy, physiology, and mechanics of lifting. This knowledge ensures safe and sensible lifting. Additionally, the course sheds light on the current regulations related to manual handling, ensuring you’re compliant and up-to-date with your responsibilities.

As an employer, it’s your legal obligation to provide manual handling training courses to your staff, especially those involved in the lifting and moving of objects, equipment, or people. The training ensures that employees understand the correct lifting techniques, which is fundamental to maintaining health and safety in the workplace.

Any worker involved in the lifting and moving of objects should undergo manual handling and lifting training courses. As an employer, enrolling your staff in these training courses ensures their well-being and helps you meet health and safety legislation requirements.

What do you learn on the course?

On a manual handling assessment course, participants are introduced to the essentials of lifting. This provides insight into how injuries occur and how one can work efficiently to prevent them. Attendees will also grasp how to evaluate potential lifting scenarios to determine risks, learn to seek alternative solutions, request assistance when necessary, and determine when and how to use lifting equipment.

What does the course cover?

This manual handling course is segmented into six comprehensive modules that delve into various aspects of heavy lifting:

A – Introduction

Introducing the dangers of manual handling operations both to you and those around you, including:

  • An explanation of the phrases ‘manual handling’, ‘hazard’, ‘risk’ and ‘control measures’
  • Common causes of manual handling injury
  • Reducing the risk from manual handling injuries

B – Manual handling hazards

Explaining how manual handling operations can cause injury and harm, including:

  • Outlining the types of injury caused by poor handling techniques and the types jobs commonly associated with these injuries
  • Detailing the functions of the musculoskeletal system
  • Explaining the mechanics of movement
  • Listing the factors that increase the risk of harm.

C – Legislation and guidance

Explaining the legal requirements of you and your employer when it comes to manual handling, including:

  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended), Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
  • HSE guidance publications

D – Risk assessment

Assessing the risks from manual handling and the factors that need to be considered, such as:

  • Explain the terms ‘reasonably practicable’, ‘suitable and sufficient’, ‘competent person’ and ‘hierarchy of control’ in the context of manual handling risk assessment
  • Outline what should be considered during a manual handling risk assessment
  • Explain the requirement for recording and reviewing manual handling risk assessments

E – Controls and reducing the risk of harm

Explaining how to control risks in manual handling, including:

  • Understanding the hierarchy of control
  • Recognising personal capability and knowing when to seek advice
  • The importance of preparation and planning
  • Controls that might be applied to reduce the risk of harm

F – Manual handling techniques

Learning and demonstrating correct manual handling techniques, including:

  • Lifting low loads
  • Low level working
  • Pushing and pulling loads
  • Lowering loads from a height
  • Carrying loads
  • Handling loads as a team


Course Details

Certification Provided Yes
Certification Length 3 Years
Course Duration 3 hours – 1 day
Course Times 9am-4.15pm

Upcoming Manual Handling Training Courses

For competitive pricing on our tailored manual handling training courses, get in touch with our dedicated team today at 0808 164 9690. We’re here to assist you in prioritising the safety and well-being of your team.

All prices exclude VAT.

Upcoming Manual Handling Training Courses

Course Name & Location Individual price Group price Duration Date

Manual Handling Training – Liverpool

Individual price: £175
Group price: £395
Duration: 3 Hours Date: 27/07/2024

Manual Handling Training – Newcastle upon Tyne

Individual price: £175
Group price: £395
Duration: 3 Hours Date: 28/07/2024

Manual Handling Training – Leeds

Individual price: £175
Group price: £395
Duration: 3 Hours Date: 29/07/2024

Manual Handling Training – Birmingham

Individual price: £175
Group price: £395
Duration: 3 Hours Date: 30/07/2024

Manual Handling Training – Bristol

Individual price: £175
Group price: £395
Duration: 3 Hours Date: 31/07/2024

Manual Handling Training – London

Individual price: £175
Group price: £395
Duration: 3 Hours Date: 01/08/2024

Or view our Training Locations to find a course near to you

How long is the course?

Typically, the manual handling training course spans three hours. However, depending on the industry and the complexities of the work environment, some tailored courses might extend up to a full day.

Is there an assessment?

Yes, the manual handling certificate training includes both theoretical and practical assessments throughout the course duration.

Do we receive certificates?

Upon successful completion of the manual handling course, participants are awarded a manual handling certificate, validating their proficiency in the subject.

How long does the certificate last?

There is no set expiry date for a Manual Handling certificate. However, it is recommended that individuals undergo refresher training every 3 years to ensure that their knowledge and skills are up to date. Employers may also require their employees to undergo refresher training on a more frequent basis, depending on the nature of the work and the associated risks.

Where are the courses held?

Manual handling training courses are available at our designated training centres situated across the UK. For added convenience and relevance, in-house training can also be arranged at your workplace. This type of training, tailored to specific workplace demands, can offer enhanced value by contextualizing the training to real work scenarios.

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