Manual Handling Training


Do you know the correct way to lift to prevent injury? Have you and your colleagues completed a Manual Handling training course?

To comply with current health and safety legislation under the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) manual handling best practice guidelines, staff must be given training in safe manual handling techniques.

Our manual handling training course will show your staff how to carry out manual handling tasks correctly and therefore avoid back injuries. By training your staff how to conduct manual handling safely you are complying with your legal requirements. Back injuries caused by incorrect manual handling training techniques are one of the most frequent causes of workers compensation claims. This is not an instructors’ course.

You can book an in-house manual handling course in your company premises nationwide. We’ll send an instructor to you to carry out the training and get everyone trained and certified.

Alternative Course Delivery – Online

We also provide online manual handling training courses (theory only), where you complete the theory element online and then arrange a practical session that suits. More details can be found here.

Who should attend?

All staff engaged in manual handling activities during their working day.

Avoid where possible

Regulation 69(a) of the 2007 Regulations states that, in order to avoid the need for manual handling of loads by employees, every employer must:

  • Take appropriate organisational measures, or
  • Use the appropriate means, in particular mechanical equipment

Course Objectives

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Lift and handle loads safely
  • Recognise a load which is too heavy or awkward

Course Programme

  • Dangers of careless and unskilled methods
  • Principles of levers and laws of motion
  • Anatomy of the spine and muscular system
  • How the body is harmed through incorrect handling techniques
  • How to handle loads safely
  • Lifting to and from ground level
  • Lifting to and from a height
  • Pushing
  • Pulling
  • Lifting (bags, sacks, barrels, where appropriate)
  • Other organisation specific lifting tasks
  • Competence testing


Regulation 68 of the 2007 regulations defines ‘manual handling of loads’ as:

‘any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more employees and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying, or moving a load, which, by reason of its characteristics or of unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of back injury, to employees.’


Each participant will be assessed on their practical techniques.

A completed assessment form for each participant will be supplied to their employer.

Maximum Number of  Participants: 12 per session


The Cpl Institute (TCI) Manual Handling Certificate

Please let us know if participants have any specific learner requirements.

Check out the HSA Manual Handling FAQ’s for more information on manual handling at this link…