Manual Handling


This online manual handling course helps reduce the chance of injury by educating principles of safe lifting. 




DURATION | 45 minutes

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This online Manual Handling Training course helps business fulfil legal and moral obligations to employees.  According to the UK Health & Safety Executive 35% of sick days are caused by Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs).  Mostly, as a result of incorrect lifting technique.  

Costs to your business can be high.  Each MSD, on average, results in 14 days off work.  In fact, UK business loses £300 million each year due to MSDs.  So, simple awareness training reduces risk to staff and can save expense.  In addition, the emailed completion certificate shows training is complete.

Organisations who do not take simple steps to protect staff from MSDs are more likely to impair quality of life, contravene legislation and incur unnecessary expense.  

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Manual Handling Accreditation

Manual Handling Accreditation

 DSE Training   |  Move More at Work  |  Warehouse Safety

Manual Handling Course Objective

1) Reduce the chance of injuries at work as a result of manual handling activities  

2) Help employers efficiently comply to regulations.

Main Learning Outcomes

  • Awareness of how injuries usually occur
  • Common injury symptoms
  • Manual handling risk assessment
  • Conducting safe lifts; E.g. Team lifts, Pushing & Pulling, Lifting from heights
  • Using mechanical aids

Course Content

UNIT 1 | Introduction

Firstly, we outline what manual handling is.  Then highlight risks from poor manual handling practices.  And detail duties of both employers and employees.

UNIT 2 | Physical Concerns

Next we get an understanding of the musculoskeletal system.  Including, common disorders and ways to prevent disorders.

UNIT 3 | Risk Assessment

Next we detail risk assessments.  So, what they are.  When they are needed.  And how they should be undertaken.

UNIT 4 | Safe Lifting Techniques

Finally, we cover how to undertake common workplace lifts safely.  e.g. Lifting from height, pushing and team lifts.

Manual Handling Certificate

Manual Handling Certificate


After finishing the Manual Handling course, candidates are emailed their certificate.  This requires achieving 80% or more in the final 15 questions quiz.

The quiz can be retaken as often as required.  A posted version of the certificate can be purchased here.

Ideal For

All employees who lift or carrying in their role.  Anyone tasked with planning lifts for others.  


Carbon free training

  • Study anywhere with an internet connection
  • Complies with regulations
  • CPD-accredited certificate
  • 12 months access
  • Net Zero Carbon

What is Manual Handling?

Manual handling is the transporting or supporting of a load by one or more people.  For example;  lifting putting down, pulling, carrying or moving a load.  Manual Handling involves risk, particularly of back injury. 

What does Manual Handling legislation require?

Employers must comply with the Manual Handling Regulations 1992, That is to say employers must reduce the risk to employees from lifting activities to a level deemed reasonably practicable.  

Achievable through following the simple hierarchy below;

  • Firstly, avoid hazardous manual handling operations where possible
  • Secondly, assess the remaining manual handling activities
  • Lastly, reduce the risk of injury, in the remaining activities

Business cannot eliminate all manual handling activities.  Reasonable action must be taken with those that remain.  ‘Reasonable’ is a relative term.

For example, a small fruit farm would not be expected to eliminate picking by purchasing a robot.  That would most likely be an impossible expense.  But, providing pickers with a short online manual handling training course at a cost of £7 is reasonable most would say.   However, a large car factory could not simply provide an online manual handling training.  Robots and certainly mechanical aids would be deemed reasonable.  

Does your business need Manual Handling training?

Every business has moral, financial and legal obligations to protect staff from manual handlings risks.  And, manual handling injuries can occur in almost any workplace (not the international space station).

Statistically, manual handling injuries carry a high financial cost.  Because the average MSD results in 14 days off work.  So, you could find financial benefits to this training.   While also helping you meet moral and legal obligations   

Think about lifting activities that currently occur in your workplace and how injuries might occur.

  • Having to pick up or carry objects frequently
  • Carrying objects a long way
  • Having to reach up high or bend down low for objects
  • Is twisting, bending or any other awkward posture needed whilst lifting?
  • Could staff trip while carrying a load
  • Cab staff injure their hand from hot or sharp objects
  • Could staff drop objects while lifting

You need do what you can to protect staff.  In many cases task specific manual handling training is preferably.  So this course can be customise to your specific requirements.  Contact us for details.



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