Manual Handling


This manual handling course online develops understanding of the principles of safe lifting.

Approx. | 45 minutes

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Manual Handling Course Online | In the UK, over a fifth of workplace injuries are due to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).   The main cause of MSDs in the workplace is incorrect manual handling.  

According to the UK Health & Safety Executive, each year, days off work due to MSDs result in around £300 million in wasted salary expenditure.

Your business must undertake risk assessments to identify where injuries could occur.  If lifting cannot be avoided through engineering effective training, including this course, will help improve manual handling technique and therefore reduce the risk of colleagues being injured.


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Manual Handling Course Objective

Develop understanding of safe lifting technique.  

Manual Handling Learning Outcomes

| Physiology of the human body

| How manual handling injuries occur

| Common causes of manual handling injuries

| Manual handling risk assessment

| Conduct safe lifts, including; team lifts, pushing & pulling, lifting from heights

| How to use common mechanical aids

Manual Handling Accreditation

Manual Handling Accreditation

Manual Handling Course Content

Section 1 | Introduction

What is manual handling, Risks of poor manual handling practices, Duties of employer, Duties of employee

Section 2 | Physical Concerns

Understanding the musculoskeletal system, Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), Preventing MSDs

Section 3 | Risk Assessment

What is a risk assessment, Use of the TILE template, Action plan for risk assessment, Good housekeeping for safety

Section 4 | Safe Lifting Techniques

For carrying, For lifting, Lifting from height, Advantages of pushing, Conducting a team lift

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Manual Handling Certificate


On successful completion of this online Manual Handling course, candidates are emailed their echo3education completion certificate.  This requires an 80% pass mark in the final 20 question assessment

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

What is Manual Handling?

Manual handling of loads is the transporting or supporting of a load by one or more employees that includes lifting, putting down, pulling, carrying or moving a load which, by reason of its characteristics or unfavourable ergonomic condition, involves risk, particularly of back injury, to employees. In this training course we will look at some general information surrounding manual handling at work so you can learn how to lift safely.

Ideal For

Any employee who is tasked with lifting or carrying in their role.  It is especially relevant for people tasked with planning lifts for others.  

What is included with this Manual Handling Online Training?

| Option to study anywhere with an internet connection

| Complies with Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999

| Complies with Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

| CPD Accredited certificate worth 4 credits

       | 12 months unlimited access

Applicable legislation?

Employers must comply with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 place legal obligations on to employers in a hierarchy.

  • First: So far as is reasonably practicable, avoid hazardous manual handling operations
  • Second: Assess any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided
  • Third: Reduce the risk of injury, so far as is reasonably practicable, in manual handling operations that cannot be avoided

Practically speaking, most businesses cannot eliminate all manual handling activities.  This Manual Handling online training course presents a reasonably practical option by effecting risk reduction through education.

[External Link: Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992]

Is this Manual Handling Course Online right for your business?

Every business has a moral, financial and legal obligation to protect staff from any workplace hazards they may be exposed to.

Statistically, manual handling injuries carry a high financial risk.  The average MSD results in 14 lost work days (HSE, 2017/18).

Poor manual handling practices increase your risk of injury. However, it’s not just a case of pulling something due to the weight of the item, although this can be a cause of injury. Injuries can be caused, for example, by the amount of times you have to pick up or carry an item; the distance you are carrying it; the height you are picking it up from or putting it down at; and any twisting, bending stretching or other awkward posture you may get in whilst doing a task.

Manual handling injuries can occur almost in any workplace, from the office to construction sites, and are known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Heavy manual labour, awkward postures, repetition and previous or existing injury can increase the risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD).

You could also trip up in the process of carrying a load, drop a heavy object on your foot or perhaps injure your hand, for example if the load is too hot or is sharp. 

The employer’s legal obligation (to reduce the risk of injury, so far as is reasonably practicable) varies in its practical requirement from company to company and role to role – but consider these factors:

  • the amount of times colleagues have to pick up or carry an item;
  • the distance items need carried;
  • the height from which they are picking up from or put down to;
  • and any twisting, bending stretching or other awkward postures that are required.

If an employee conducts unavoidable lifts then this course is a sensible option for your staff.

This Manual Handling course not only presents correct lifting techniques, it also provides foundation knowledge on the human physiology so staff can easily visualise the physical ill effects of poor lifting techniques. | 0131 6618253


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