Manual Handling Training

This online manual handling training course provides users with an understanding of manual handling in the workplace. It looks at what the hazard is, and provides an awareness of important principles and tips to reduce the risk of manual handling to a reasonably practicable level.

Manual handling operations are one of the most common causes of occupational injury and sickness absence. However, the majority accidents and illness involving manual handling are preventable.

Whether you work in an office, industrial environment warehouse or in construction, adequate training must be provided to control for the risk. Our online course helps to ensure compliance under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1999 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

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Learning Outcomes:

Identify safety risks associated with manual handling tasks

Learn manual handling principles

Identify lifting equipment and mechanical aids

Learn practical tips to implement safe manual handling principles

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£25.00 +VAT

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About Manual Handling Training

Our manual handling e-Learning course is designed for employees at all levels who undertake manual handling activities in their daily operations. The course provides users with an understanding of how manual handling injuries happen, how to assess the risk before beginning a manual handling task and techniques to minimise the risk of accident or injury while working.

Manual handling operations involve the moving or supporting of a load by hand or bodily force. Activities that involve manual handling include lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving of loads. These types of activities may seem commonplace, but its slight error in technique to significantly injure yourself.

Many of us may be familiar with the manual handling techniques covered in this programme. But familiarity breeds complacency. Completing regular training will help ensure a safer workforce as well as demonstrate compliance with the relevant legislation.

Why Is Manual Handling Training Important?

Incorrect manual handling is one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. Some 470,000 workers suffered from a work-related MSD’s in the most recent year that data is available, according to the Health and Safety Executive. It is also estimated that over 21% of non-fatal workplace injuries are attributed to manual handling injuries each year.

The types of injuries that may occur due to manual handling tasks may be immediate or long-term. Immediate injuries include injuries such as sprains and strains, bruising, cuts and fractures. Long-term injuries often involve musculoskeletal disorders, or (MSDs).

MSDs are injuries or disorders that affect the musculoskeletal system. They are the most common occupational health disorders in the UK. When these occur, they can be debilitating and lead to much suffering.

To prevent injury and comply with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations, employers must provide their workers with adequate training regarding safe manual handling techniques.

Our online manual handling course is designed to provide workers with the knowledge they require to work safely, while maintaining compliance.

What are your Manual Handling duties

Employers have a legal duty under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 to ensure the health and safety of their workers when it comes to undertaking safe manual handling operations and creating manual handling awareness in the workplace.

This includes any work that involves the lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying of loads, whether manually or with the help of lifting equipment and machinery.

Therefore, they are required to take the following actions to ensure the safety and health of their workers:

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

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

This training is essential for any job that involves manual lifting or carrying of loads, as it helps workers to implement effective manual handling techniques and help identify various types of manual handling injuries that may arise due to unsafe work procedures.

These training courses are pivotal for promoting safe working practices and preventing injuries from occurring at work.

Course Outline

The contents of this e-Learning programme will vary depending on which version of the course is selected upon purchase

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Frequently Asked Questions

This Manual Handling Training course is accredited by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), which assures the highest quality of training possible. IIRSM is a professional body for managing risk, known for providing quality training, education and advice to help people and organizations drive the challenges they face.

This manual handling training course is suitable for anyone who performs manual handling tasks as part of their job. Upon completing this course, you will receive a manual handling certification to ensure your professionalism as a skilled manual handler. Here are some of the workplaces that would require manual handling courses:

  • Manufacturing and Construction workers
  • Retail and Warehouse workers
  • Office workers
  • Healthcare workers
  • Agriculture workers

Yes, upon completing the Manual Handling training course, you can download a printable and assured manual handling certificate that will be issued instantly upon completion.

This manual handling training course involves both theoretical and practical components, such as:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the human body
  • Causes and types of injuries caused by poor manual handling
  • Legal requirements and standards related to manual handling
  • Risk assessment
  • Safe lifting and handling techniques
  • Proper use of manual handling equipment and personal protective equipment
  • Ergonomics and workplace design
  • Health and safety policies

The requirement for manual handling training to be mandatory depends on the laws and regulations of the country where the workplace is located. In many countries, such as the UK and Australia, employers are legally obliged to provide manual handling training to their employees.

It is important to remember that manual handling training is not mandatory for all staff members in the workplace. This training only applies to workers who regularly carry out manual handling tasks. When manual handling involves a risk of injury, it is the employer’s responsibility to act accordingly.

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.

There are no set requirements for how long a manual handling certificate last. However, it is recommended that an employer should provide training to their employees every three years. In the situation of changes in work practices, such as introducing a new work-related system, manual handling training should be provided again.