Manual Handling Awareness Training

Course Overview

It’s estimated that 21% of all non-fatal workplace injuries are attributable to manual handling injuries and that a third of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are also caused through manual handling activities.

This half-day course will raise awareness of the importance of good lifting and moving techniques, and how to avoid injury as well as setting out the requirements and responsibilities of employers and employees in compliance with health and safety law.

The course also covers manual handling risk assessment as well as control measures that can be implemented for reducing the risk of harm, including the use of mechanical aids and manual handling equipment.

What’s Covered?

Training will include:

  • Introduction to manual handling
  • Manual handling and the law
  • The musculoskeletal system
  • Mechanics of movement
  • Types of manual handling injuries
  • Risk assessment
  • Control measures for reducing the risks of harm
  • Principles of safer handling
  • Manual handling equipment.



Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of the course will provide learners with knowledge of manual handling, the types of injuries caused by incorrect handling and how to stay safe when performing tasks through an understanding of the mechanics of movement and the musculoskeletal system.

In line with Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, on completion of this course, learners will understand how to use good posture and correct lifting techniques to enable them to reduce the risk of injury to themselves and to others in the workplace.

Learners will understand how to undertake a manual handling risk assessment and implement control measures that reduce risk.


This course can be delivered in the following ways: