Manual Handling in Offices – For Managers

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Manual Handling Training Online

This online course provides guidance to managers to prevent manual handling injuries in offices. It looks at the steps of providing feedback to employees to help them perform manual handling tasks safely.

Manual handling or the lifting and moving of objects is a very common activity in offices and poses significant risks. It presents the risk of injury and ill health to those who undertake this work and financial and legal risk to the organisations.

Human Focus Manual Handling Courses

Human Focus is currently offering the following online courses under the manual handling toolkit:

Why This Manual Handling Course is Vital

Manual handling causes a third of all workplace injuries and accidents, as per the Health and Safety Executive. The injuries include work-related musculoskeletal disorders such as injuries to arms, joints, and legs. These injuries have severe implications for both employers and employees.

Therefore, managers and supervisors need to understand how to educate the employees to perform the manual handling tasks. It is a legal requirement as well. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 impose a duty on employers to protect employees from the risks of manual handling injuries and ill health.

Objectives of This Manual Handling Course

The objective of this course is to make office managers understand their role in helping colleagues safely lift and move loads. The course explores a variety of simple steps that if taken, ensure that employees are working correctly while doing manual handling operations.

In particular, users will explore:

  • Main principles of manual handling to help colleagues lift and move loads safely
  • Manual handling hazards in office(s)
  • Importance of giving feedback to employees
  • Four constructive and effective steps in giving feedback
  • Right behavior of managers to investigate and uncover root causes of unsafe acts in the workplace


This health and safety training online requires:

  • No prior subject knowledge
  • No prior course certification

Course Content of Manual Handling Training Online for Office Managers

The trainees will explore the following sections in this online course:

  • What to Look For
  • Providing Feedback
  • Asking Why

Who Should Take This Manual Handling Training Online Course?

This online training on manual handling guidelines is ideally designed for managers and supervisors of any office environment.

Why Choose Human Focus Course for Manual Handling Training Online?

Human Focus online training is:

  • RoSPA assured
  • Video-based
  • No extra/hidden cost
  • Easy-to-use learning management system (LMS)
  • Easy to track training records
  • Quickly educates large volume of staff
  • Improves user participation
  • Self-paced

Course Format

Format: 100% online

Course length: 16+ Minutes

  • Single – module
  • Mini-quizzes
  • Knowledge test

Knowledge Test 

It is a pass or fails assessment test and requires users to achieve at least an 80% score on the test. The trainees are given two attempts to pass.


On completion of this manual handling training at work, the users will receive RoSPA assured certificates. These certificates are sent in PDF format and are printable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do office staff need manual handling training?

Yes, office staff do need manual handling training. They can be subject to work-related musculoskeletal disorders while working.

How do you lift a load properly at work?

The NHS, suggests the following tips for lifting a load properly at work:

  • Keep the load near to the waist
  • Adopt a stable position for maintaining balance
  • Make a tight hold on the load
  • Don’t bend your back while lifting load
  • Do not twist while lifting
  • Move smoothly

What is the first thing to do before lifting the object?

Measure its weight, if it is considered heavy then don’t lift it alone. You can get someone’s help to lift that load. After that, plan the lifting task – where is it going to be placed? Which equipment could be used to lift it?

What is considered heavy lifting at work?

There are no legal restrictions on how much can be lifted, or manually handled, at work. However, the HSE suggests the maximum lifting weight for a male is 25kg, while it is 16kg for females. A weight higher than this is considered heavy lifting.

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