Manual Handling

Manual Handling

Manual Handling

Course Overview:

Manual Handling course is intended to provide students with an understanding of how to safely handle loads. It covers practical aspects of lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing and pulling loads. It also provides information on the human spinal system, risk assessment, the legal responsibility of employers to their employees and techniques for the prevention of accidents. The course involves knowledge development, and a series of practical exercises, followed by scenarios that allow the students to put their skills into practice. Be sensitive to your student’s needs and comfort and ensure that you strike an even balance between knowledge development and practical exercises. Where possible make the course relevant to their current employment or circumstances.

Course duration:

3/4 hours

Course Completion Requirements:

Students must fill out and submit a Course Completion Authorisation who meets the performance requirements for the Manual Handling course.  Participants are required to complete the practical exercises and scenarios prior to certification.

Manual Handling Refresher

Manual handlers should keep their skills current by refreshing their skills at regular intervals. Manual handlers may refresh their skills by completing the Risk Assessment / Legal Knowledge Development portions and the Practical Development portion of the Manual Handling course in order that they stay informed of any changes to the legal guidelines.  Once they have successfully completed their Manual Handling Refresher course, you should issue a new Manual Handling Completion Card by submitting a new Course Completion Authorisation for each participant.

Course Sequence

  • Knowledge Development:
  • Introductions
  • Signing In
  • About Manual Handling Course
  • Your Back
  • Common Injuries
  • The Law and Manual Handling
  • Handling Objects
  • Knowledge and Practical Development:
  • Lifting Boxes – practical
  • Lifting Sacks – practical
  • Pushing and Pulling techniques – practical
  • Handling Unusually Shaped Object – practical
  • Teamwork – practical
  • Guidelines for Manual Handling
  • Risk Assessment
  • Additions Factors
  • In the Event of an Accident

Literature Reference

List Handling Operations Regulations 1992, Guidance on Regulations.

ISBN 0-7176-2415-3 – includes chart on guidelines for lifting and lowering / pushing / pulling
Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 pdf –
Getting to Grips with Manual Handling pdf –

Manual Handling


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