Manual Handling


Designed for everyone tasked with lifting at work, by educating the principles of safe lifting, this online course reduces the chance of manual handling injuries at work.

DURATION | 40 minutes

Manual Handling Accreditation

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Online Manual Handling Training Course | Designed to help fulfil legal and moral obligations to employees with respect to manual handling risks.

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.  Many injuries caused by poor manual handling technical can be debilitating.  On average each case results in 14 days lost from work.

Costs to business are high too.  In the UK businesses lose £300 million each year due to MSDs.  

So, simple Manual Handling  training helps reduce the risk to staff and can save avoidable expense.  The emailed completion certificate evidences training has been completed.  Recording training is a requirement of regulations. 

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 Course Objective

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

2) Help employers efficiently comply with 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:  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.


At the end of the Manual Handling course there is a 15 question, multiple-choice quiz.  If learners demonstrate their understanding of course content by achieving a minimum score of 80%, we’ll email them their completion certificate.  If learners score less than 80%, they can revisit any part of the course and retake the quiz until they are successful. A posted certificate is available for £6.

Manual Handling Certificate


Ideal For

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


Carbon free training

Offset certificate

  • Study anywhere with an internet connection
  • Complies with regulations
  • CPD-accredited certificate
  • Access on phones, tablets and desktop
  • Carbon net-zero product

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

Businesses cannot eliminate all manual handling activities.  Reasonable action must be taken with those manual handling activities that cannot be eliminated.  

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 online manual handling training. Robots, 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.  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, in addition to it 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?
  • Can staff injure their hand from hot or sharp objects
  • Could staff drop objects while lifting?

You need do what you can to protect staff.  Contact us for details.

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