Manual Handling

Manual Handling Training is suitable for employees of all levels whose job involves the moving and handling of loads in the workplace.

The course will provide learners with the skills and knowledge to use best practice manual handling techniques when carrying out common work activities. Learners will gain the ability to work in a confident and safe manner which will contribute to a safer work environment. The course provides useful tips on good back care and raises the awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in the reduction of manual handling injuries.

The training course is divided into seven units, units 1-6 consists of theory and unit 7 is a practical assessment. On completion of the theory learners are required to complete a quiz consisting of 20 multiple choice style questions.

At the end of the course learners will be able to:


  • Identify the legal responsibilities of the employer and employee at work
  • Explain the anatomy of the spinal column
  • Recognise how incorrect manual handling technique can lead to injury
  • Outline the benefits of fitness and flexibility in the workplace
  • Describe the role of ergonomics and risk assessment in manual handling
  • State the 8 principles of safe manual handling
Unit 1 Manual Handling Legislation
  • Reasons to Manage Manual Handling
  • Definition of Manual Handling
  • General Duties of the Employer
  • Duties of the Employee
  • Duties of the Employer in relation to Manual Handling
Unit 2 The Musculoskeletal System
  • Structure and functions of the spine
  • The vertebrae
  • Spinal discs
  • The spinal cord
  • Ligaments and tendons
  • Muscles in movement
  • Joints of the spine
  • The process of movement
Unit 3 Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Neck and upper limb disorders
  • Lower limb disorders
  • Disorders of the back
  • Risk factors for manual handling
Unit 4 Fitness and Flexibility
  • Fitness and flexibility
  • Benefits of stretching
  • Good posture
  • Healthy Lifestyle
Unit 5: Ergonomics and Risk Assessment
  • What is Ergonomics?
  • Benefits of good workplace ergonomics
  • Manual handling risk assessment
Unit 6: Safe Handling Techniques
  • The 8 principles of manual handling
  • Lifting from the floor (theory)
  • Lifting to waist height (theory)
  • Lifting to a height (theory)
  • Pushing and pulling (theory)
  • Team lift (theory)
Unit 7: Practical Manual Handling

This Unit is practical based session and demonstrates how the principles of manual handling can be put into practice to include:

  • Carrying
  • Pushing and pulling
  • Lifting from low levels
  • Lowering from a height
  • Team lifting principles
  • Further information on minding your own back