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 | According to the UK Health & Safety executive 35% of workplace ill health is due to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).   As a result, health and life quality is impaired.  And, business loose around £300 million per year from absent staff.  

Furthermore, incorrect manual handling is the main cause of MSDs in the workplace.  So you’ll see there is plenty of scope for reducing injuries to staff.  

This online manual handling course provides an effective tool to help reduce risks to staff and evidence compliance.  


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Manual Handling Course Content

UNIT 1 | Introduction

We outline what manual handling is.  Then hight the risks of poor manual handling practices.  Following this we detail the duties of 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.  Specifically, what they are, when their 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 Course Objective

Reduce the chance of injuries at work as a result of manual handling actives by providing the required knowledge to lift safely.

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 Certificate


On completion of this online Manual Handling course, candidates are emailed their 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.  For example;  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.  


  • | 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.

  • Firstly, so far as is reasonably practicable, avoid hazardous manual handling operations
  • Secondly, assess remaining manual handling activities
  • Lastly, reduce the risk of injury, in these remaining activities

So, practically speaking, most businesses cannot eliminate all manual handling activities.  This Manual Handling training 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 moral, financial and legal obligations to protect staff from manual handlings risks.

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.  Heavy manual labour, awkward postures, repetition and previous or existing injury all increase the risk of developing an 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 varies in its practical requirement from company to company and role to role – but consider these factors:

  • | E.g. the amount of times colleagues have to pick up or carry an item;
  • | E.g. the distance items need carried;
  • | E.g. the height from which they are picking up from or put down to;
  • | E.g. postures 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 picture the ill effects of poor lifting techniques.



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