Manual handling training

Manual handling training teaches you all you need to know about safe movement, handling, and lifting techniques in a practical environment and gives information that will help participant conduct a personal manual handling risk assessment.

Why you need manual handling training

Over 1/3 of all work related injuries are from manual handling. Back injuries are the biggest cause of staff absence in the UK and yet most are preventable. Manual handling training is a legal requirement in any situation where staff are required to do any lifting, lowering, pulling or pushing that carries any level risk. Most work environments employ people who incorporate the use of manual handling.

Read Also: Manual handling injuries

Topic covered in this training include:

  • What is manual handling?
  • The risks and consequences of manual handling
  • Legal requirements and responsibilities
  • Assessing manual handling tasks and managing risk
  • Using mechanical aids
  • Proper lifting technique
  • Manual handling scenario
  • Anatomy of the spine
  • Causes of back pain
  • Principles of safer manual handling
  • Unsafe systems of work
  • Manual handling Risk Assessment
  • Demonstrations and practice
  • Practical Evaluations

Read Also: 10 Ways of preventing lower back injury

Who needs this training

Manual handling training is not mandatory for all staff. Manual Handling Regulations only apply to a work activity that ‘by reason of its characteristics or of unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of back injury, to employees.’

A worker who only lifts light loads at waist height, would not be at risk – and sending this worker on a manual handling training course would indeed be a waste of time.

However, where manual handling does involve a risk of injury, the employer needs to enroll these set of workers for manual handling training.

NOTE: This training needs to be specific and relevant to the tasks involved.

Where you can enroll for this training

High Speed Training Limited – See course details

The Health and Safety Group – See course details

AVELING (Australia) – See course details

British Safety Council – See course details

Alison – See course details

Read Also: Impact of workplace injury on your business

You can enroll or purchase the course with any of the above mentioned trainers.

For guidance, contact us. Thank you



By Ubong Edet

A passionate Health and Safety professional with a good level of field experience and relevant certifications including NEBOSH, OSHA, ISO, etc certifications. An Health and Safety activist who believes in the growth and continual improvement of the profession. He is going all out to create awareness and safe precious lives.

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