Manual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. According to Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) (MHOR).The Regulations define manual handling as “…any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force”.

More than a third of all reportable injuries involving the workplace around 10% of major injuries are linked to manual handling. There are factors that create a risk of injury during manual handling .The weight of the item is a crucial factor, but there are many other factors for example the number of times you have to pick up or carry an item, the distance you are carrying it and where you are picking it up from or putting it down

Manual handling injuries are part of a wider group of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The term ‘musculoskeletal disorders’ covers any injury, damage or disorder of the joints or other tissues in the upper/lower limbs or the back. Statistics from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) indicate that MSD cases, including those caused by manual handling, account for more than a third of all work-related illnesses

Course content

  • Manual Handling Regulations
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations.
  • Accident statistics.
  • The functions of the spine and muscular system.
  • Typical injuries.
  • Correct handling techniques.
  • Practical exercises and tuition.
  • Hazard identification and assessment of:
  1. The task
  2. The load
  3. The working environment
  4. Individual capabilities

The aim of the course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Know the legislation and manual handling regulations that relate to lifting in the workplace.
  • Appreciate the financial impact on the industry caused by injuries from poor manual handling.
  • Identify and assess potential hazards and choose appropriate procedures of risk control which includes the selection of any lifting equipment that may be required.
  • Carry out manual handling activities in a safe and efficient manner

Who attends

This course is designed for all Employers who have to carry out Manual Handling activities and have a legal obligation to protect their health and safety and that of their workforce. Upon successful completion of the course, each delegate will receive an in-house certificate, valid for 3 years.