Manual Handling Training Course

Also known as Moving and Handling of Objects

Duration 3 hours

Last audited 18th January 2024

City & Guilds Assured CPD Approved RoSPA Approved IIRSM Approved
Manual Handling Awareness
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£26 +VAT

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Includes a 10% discount for 10+ courses

This Manual Handling Training Course helps employers ensure that they and their employees are sufficiently trained in the principles and practices of safe manual handling.

This course provides the necessary information and training for organisations to understand more about the risks associated with manual handling, how to undergo a risk assessment and how to ensure appropriate control measures are put in place.

It follows the requirements of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) and provides a practical guide for managing and carrying out safe and healthy manual handling. The course also features videos, diagrams, and downloadable resources to use in your workplace.

100% online training

Access anywhere

Same day digital certificate

Printed certificate posted next working day

Full audio voiceover

Unlimited assessment attempts

Written in compliance with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR)

Matches the CIEH Level 2 Syllabus

Developed by qualified health and safety professionals

City & Guilds Assured

Accredited by CPD and approved by IIRSM

Downloadable module recaps of key learning points

What you'll learn

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain what is meant by manual handling.
  • Explain the legal duties on employers to first, avoid risks, then assess and control the remaining risks of manual handling.
  • Explain the legal duties on employees to carry out safe manual handling.
  • Identify the most common causes of injury and potential long-term damages to health as a result of unsafe manual handling techniques.
  • Identify what makes an effective manual handling risk assessment.
  • Apply techniques to avoid manual handling.
  • Identify techniques to control risks, for example, lifting and handling aids.
  • Apply techniques to manually handle loads safely.

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Why take this course?

Each year in the UK thousands of workers suffer from injuries and aches, pain and discomfort in joints, muscles and bones. The risk of injuries from manual handling operations is increased where workers do not have the information or training necessary to enable them to work safely.

Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their employees from getting hurt or ill through work activities and/or work environment. Failure to comply with your duties and responsibilities as an employer may result in action being taken against you by the HSE or other enforcement agencies. By taking our Manual Handling Awareness training course, an employer will learn how to comply with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) and understand what their manual handling duties as an employer are.

Employees involved in the lifting, carrying and handling of objects and materials can be at risk of injury if not managed effectively. These injuries should not be accepted as an inevitable part of an employee’s work. Employers should reduce the risks of moving and handling activities by good design, by planning and by ensuring workers are correctly trained. By taking our Manual Handling Awareness training course, employees will learn the importance of following the training they've received, the work procedures in place, and good manual handling techniques. The course will explain how to follow the controls put in place by their employer, so they can fulfil their responsibility to look after their own health and safety and that of others at work.

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Module 1: Importance of Safe Manual Handling

This module outlines what manual handling is, the consequences of poor manual handling including injury and ill-health effects such as musculoskeletal disorders and the legal duties of employers and employees to avoid poor manual handling.

Module 2: Risk Assessment for Safe Manual Handling

This module highlights what makes an effective manual handling risk assessment and outlines the five steps of a risk assessment, including ‘LITE’ to assess the load, individual, task and environment.

Module 3: Avoiding and Controlling the Risks

This module explains how to avoid manual handling either through elimination, or if not possible, automation or mechanisation. For tasks which are not reasonably practicable to avoid, guidance on controlling the risk is provided.

Module 4: Safe Manual Handling Techniques

This module demonstrates how to carry out safe manual handling including lifting techniques, pushing and pulling loads, and team handling.

The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so that you’ll instantly know whether you passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

The manual handling course is aimed at employees at all levels who may undertake manual handling operations, including the transporting of a load of items by lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, manoeuvring, steadying or transporting thereof by hand or by bodily force. This includes, but is not limited to, professions such as:

  • Warehouse and factory staff
  • Heavy manual labourers
  • Construction and building site workers
  • Office workers
  • Delivery drivers
  • Agricultural workers

Written by experts

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Neil Murray

Health and Safety Consultant

Neil Murray is a vastly experienced and highly qualified health and safety professional who has held roles such as Senior Health and Safety Executive inspector,  and Principal Inspector for Channel Tunnel construction. He has also held senior roles in an international infrastructure business, a major UK water utility company and a major construction group and provided management consultancy to numerous companies across a wide range of industries. 

Neil has a wide expertise in many sectors, including construction, civil engineering, manufacturing engineering, water and waste utilities, education, heritage sites, public safety, rail construction and operation, transport, marine, waste management, engineering design and industrial and facilities management services. 

Neil is a QSA auditor for RoSPA and also an author of published guidance on health and safety in the construction of the Channel Tunnel, work at height, major project management, and online training courses.

Frequently asked questions

Can this training course help me apply for SSIP accreditations like CHAS and SMAS?

Yes, our Manual Handling course can act as evidence of industry-related training for accreditation applications, such as CHAS. It covers the requirements of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR), which will help you understand how to fulfil the legal duties they set out. Knowledge of these topics form part of the training requirements set out by accreditation assessment bodies, so you must be able to demonstrate evidence of compliance in order for your application to be successful. Our course will contribute to the evidence you must provide during your application, to show that you have received the relevant training.

Please note that it will be down to each individual accreditation body to decide if our courses are sufficient for the training requirements of your specific business. This evidence only forms one part of your overall application process. It is up to you to prove you are fulfilling your legal duties and to supply sufficient evidence for everything the accrediting body requires in order for your application to be successful.

Does this manual handling course include a certificate?

Yes - upon completion of your training you'll be able to download a PDF copy of your certificate immediately whilst your formal certificate will be sent by post the next working day.

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