manual handling training courses

Under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 employers are required to take appropriate steps to reduce the risk of injury to employees who carry out any manual handling activity in the workplace by providing specific information and training on manual handling injury risks and prevention.

We are all exposed at times to some form of manual handling such as lifting, carrying, pulling and pushing actions that can be compounded by simultaneous movements such as climbing or pivoting.  Manual handling is an essential skill and personal injuries resulting from incorrect manual handling in the workplace account for over one million working days lost per year, as well as the pain and suffering experienced by the casualties.  This Manual Handling course will enable students to look carefully at their own work activities and contribute to the development of safer methods and tasks relating to manual handling. 


First Aid Award (FAA) Level 2 Award in Manual Handling – Principles and Practice

The qualification does not expire but refresher training and keeping up-to-date with policies and procedures is vital to keep the qualification current.

Course Outline

The Manual Handling course meets the HSE recommendations and aims to help everyone in the workforce assess and reduce the risk of injury from manual handling.

The course covers:

  • Understanding the reasons for safe manual handling
  • Understanding how manual handling risk assessments contribute to improving health and safety
  • Understanding the principles, types of equipment and testing requirements associated with manual handling safety
  • Being able to apply safe manual handling principles

Course Duration

The course is a minimum of 6 hours in the classroom and there may be some pre-course or post-course reading.

Participant Restrictions

Students for the Manual Handling training course must be a minimum of 14 years and a maximum of 16 students can attend each course.

Assessment and Marking

Assessment is ongoing by the instructor, culminating in a written test.

Workplace Safety Trainer