Online Manual Handling Training

Ensure your workers know how to carry out manual handling tasks safely and effectively. Our online Manual Handling Training courses give users an understanding of safe manual handling principles and techniques to reduce injury risks to a reasonably practicable level. The courses also help organisations ensure compliance with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1999 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

The Courses Include:

Comprehensive yet concise explanation

Certificate on completion

Simple login & user access

The latest industry best practice

Learning Outcomes:

Identify injury risks associated with manual handling tasks

Understand safe manual handling principles

Develop practical and safe manual handling techniques

Learn how to select and use lifting equipment and mechanical aids

Know how to deal with heavy or large loads

This training course is assured/approved by:

£25.00 +VAT

✓  Discounts for bulk purchases

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About Manual Handling Training

Our manual handling e-learning courses are designed for employees at all levels who undertake manual handling activities in their daily work. These courses provide users with an understanding of how to assess manual handling hazards and use safe lifting techniques to minimise the risk of accidents and harm while working.

Manual handling operations involve handling or supporting a load by hand or bodily force, including lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving loads. These types of activities may seem commonplace but a slight error in technique can lead to significant injuries, particularly if unsafe lifting techniques are repeated.

Completing these training courses helps workers understand and apply safe lifting principles to their tasks and demonstrates compliance with the relevant legislation.

Why is Manual Handling Training Important?

Unsafe manual handling is one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. According to the Health and Safety Executive, 473,000 workers suffered from work-related musculoskeletal disorders in 2022/23. Approximately 17% of non-fatal workplace injuries were caused by handling, lifting or carrying objects during the same period.

Manual handling tasks may lead to immediate or long-term injuries. Immediate injuries include bruising, cuts, fractures, sprains and strains. Long-term injuries involve musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that affect muscles, bones, joints and connective tissues and require significant time off work to recover.

Employers must provide their workers with adequate training on safe moving and handling techniques to prevent injury and comply with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations.

Our online manual handling courses are designed to provide those working in offices, warehouses and different industrial sectors, including the construction industry, with the knowledge to perform such tasks safely and in compliance with health and safety regulations.

Are You Aware of Your Duties?

Employers have a legal duty under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 to ensure the health and safety of their workers when undertaking manual handling tasks. This duty applies to any work that involves lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying loads, whether manually or with the aid of lifting equipment and machinery.

Employers must ensure the safety and health of their workers by taking the following actions:

  • Avoid manual handling operations wherever possible: Employers should provide lifting equipment like hoists, lift exchanges or trolleys instead to carry out the work safely.
  • Risk assess manual handling tasks: Employers must undertake appropriate risk assessments of any manual handling operations that cannot be avoided. This assessment should identify the dangers involved and implement safe techniques to minimise the risks.
  • Provide adequate information, training and guidance: Employers must provide their workers with vital information and manual handling safety training to make them aware of the risks associated with these tasks and how to perform them safely.
  • Provide suitable work equipment: Employers must provide their workforce with appropriate equipment to do the work safely. Examples include lifting aids or personal protective equipment to reduce health risks.
  • Monitor and review: Employers must examine manual handling activities and review them regularly to identify any health risks and implement effective safety principles.

Failure to comply with these responsibilities may cause serious injuries to workers and legal actions against the employers.

Course Outline

The contents of the course vary depending on the version purchased.

Why Choose Online Manual Handling Training with Human Focus?

Study anytime & in bite-size sessions

More affordable than traditional in-person training

Discounts on volume purchases

Excellent trainee support

Supports a healthier and more productive workforce

Helps improve workplace safety

Promotes compliance with relevant legislation

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We provide comprehensive manual handling courses specifically designed for a range of work environments, including:

If moving and handling objects are required as part of your job, you can greatly benefit from this training course. It will teach you proper manual handling techniques to work safely and reduce the risk of injuries.

Certification is valid for three years. After this, it’s necessary to retake the training to renew your certification and refresh your knowledge.

All Human Focus courses are accredited or approved by an independent health and safety body to guarantee quality and accuracy. These Manual Handling Training courses are either approved by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) or assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

This training is suitable for anyone who performs manual handling tasks as part of their job, including workers in manufacturing, construction, retail, warehouses, offices, healthcare and agriculture. The benefits of manual handling training include reduced workplace injuries, improved productivity and compliance with health and safety regulations.

Yes. After completing the course, you’ll receive an IIRSM-approved or RoSPA-assured certificate, depending on the version of the course you selected.

Manual handling training can be delivered by various qualified professionals, such as occupational health and safety trainers, ergonomists, physiotherapists, and other healthcare professionals with expertise in musculoskeletal disorders. Employers with sufficient skills and experience can also provide in-house manual handling training to their employees.

Ultimately, the essential factor is that the trainer providing manual handling training should have the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver practical training that meets the organization’s needs.

Manual handling training explains the safe principles and techniques workers can apply when performing tasks such as moving, lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying loads.

All employers have a legal duty to ensure their staff’s physical and mental well-being. This includes providing employees with manual handling training to ensure they can carry out such tasks safely and minimise injury risks.

Each manual handling course is priced at £25.00 +VAT for individual users. Discounts are available for bulk purchases.

Healthcare settings require frequent lifting, transferring and handling of patients or heavy equipment. Proper manual handling techniques help healthcare workers prevent injuries such as musculoskeletal disorders, strains and sprains. Additionally, training helps ensure patient safety during transfers and promotes efficient workflow in healthcare environments.

RoSPA-approved manual handling training courses offer high-quality content designed to meet industry standards and best manual handling practices. RoSPA approval signals training is credible and effective in preventing workplace injuries. Completing a training programme approved by RoSPA also demonstrates compliance with health and safety regulations and reflects a commitment to workplace safety.

Accredited manual handling training courses are endorsed or recognised by relevant bodies or organisations such as IIRSM and RoSPA. These courses reach specific standards and criteria set by the accrediting body to ensure consistency, value and quality. Non-accredited courses can help develop skills but lack formal endorsement, so they do not have the same level of credibility.

Absolutely. You can explore the e-learning platform, get course previews and see how easy online training can be. Speak to one of our sales team or click here to arrange your free trial of our manual handling training course.