Manual Handling

Manual Handling

Do you know the correct way to lift? Have you completed your Manual Handling?

Who should attend?

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

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.’

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

Save time and complete our online training course (theory only), then arrange a practical session that suits

Course Details

To comply with current Health and Safety legislation, staff must be given training in safe manual handling techniques. This training 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 techniques are one of the most frequent causes of workers compensation claims. This is not an instructors’ course. 

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

Methods of Training

This course combines lecture methods with “hands-on” practical work with different types of materials.


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.