Manual Handling in Industry – for Managers

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Manual Handling Training in Industry for Managers

One of the biggest causes of injury in industrial workplaces is the lifting and moving of loads. Obviously a very common activity, this accounts for over a third of all accounted injuries, with many involving strains or sprains. In addition, many handling incidents involve crushing to feet, hands or other areas of the body.

This manual handling training course provides guidance to managers on how to support safe load handling and lifting in an industrial setting. It looks at common manual handling hazards, safe lifting techniques, and tips to help prevent accidents or injury.

Manual Handling Training Courses by Human Focus

Human Focus offers the following e-learning courses under the manual handling toolkit:

Why this Manual Handling and Lifting Training Course is Vital

Musculoskeletal disorders account for around 30% of all work-related injuries in the UK and around 30% of all working days lost. A significant contributor to these injuries is the lifting or moving of objects. In an industrial setting, the risks and the consequences tend to be much higher.

Employers or managers need to ensure that their employees or workers undertaking such work remain safe and protected. This course, therefore, is essential to educate managers or responsible persons about their duties to prevent manual handling accidents or injury.

Objectives & Outcomes of Manual Handling Instructor Training Course

Upon taking this online course participants will gain an understanding of:

  • The things to look for when undertaking manual handling tasks
  • The role of managers to promote safety among staff
  • Providing feedback to help colleagues performing lifting or moving tasks
  • Practical and simple management techniques to reduce the risk of injuries
  • Appropriate staff training to minimise the chances of accidents at work


This RoSPA manual handling training course requires:

  • No prior subject knowledge
  • No prior course certification

Course Content

Manual Handling in Industry – for Managers

This online training course explores the following sections:

  • What to Look for
  • Providing Feedback
  • Asking Why

Who is this Manual Handling and Lifting Training Course for

This health and safety e-learning course is intended for employers, managers, or supervisors of employees who undertake manual handling tasks in industry.

Why Choose Human Focus for Manual Handling Training Programme

Choosing Human Focus provides several benefits to the participants:

  • RoSPA assured
  • High-quality video
  • Round the clock access
  • Highly engaging
  • Mini quizzes to support comprehension

Course Format

  • Fully online
  • Approximately 16+ minutes in length
  • Interactive quizzes
  • Start learning immediately


A RoSPA assured certificate will be issued to the trainee undertaking this course upon completion.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much can you legally lift at work?

The law does not set a specific limit on how much can be lifted, or manually handled, at work. But the HSE does provide some suggestions in their Manual Handling at Work guidance.

The maximum weight for men at work as per these guidelines is 25kg. The maximum recommended weight for women is 16kg for loads held at the waist. But this will vary based on factors such as the type of load, the person, and the angle it is being lifted.

What are the correct manual handling procedures?

Employers must protect their workers from the risks of manual handling accidents at work. Good manual handling techniques/procedures help lessen the risks. Some of the steps involved in this procedure are:

  • Think Before Lifting / Handling – Planning the handling activity before working on it is an effective way to avoid any incident. Consider some of the factors like the weight of the object, or if more help is needed to carry that load
  • Keep the Weight Close to Your Waist – It is suggested to keep the heaviest side of the weight close to your body before lifting, this will help you to effortlessly carry out the load
  • Adopt a Stable Position – A stable position is vital to lift heavy loads. Your feet must be apart with one leg in from of the other
  • Avoid Twisting the Back – Twisting or leaning sideways can result in many severe injuries, especially when your back is bent. Try to keep your shoulders level and facing in the same direction as your hips
  • Put Down, Then Adjust – To precisely place the load at a particular position, it is advised to put it down first and then adjust it accordingly.

What is an unsafe lifting technique?

Some examples of unsafe lifting methods are:

  • Never hold your breath while you carry the load
  • Do not bend or twist when carrying heavy items
  • Always use both hands to lift the weight
  • Never forget to wear personal protective equipment when lifting/handling objects such as gloves

Who needs manual handling training?

Manual handling training is required for those undertaking lifting/handling tasks at work. Employers are required to offer those staff members whose work involves lifting, lowering, or pulling loads appropriate training under the manual handling regulations.

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