Manual Handling Training

Bespoke Manual Handling

General manual handling theory may be useful to all employees, but the type of industry will play a part in the risks faced. For example, office hazards with regards to manual handling are likely to be different to the manual handling risks faced by workers in an industrial factory who have to move raw materials around or perform repetitive processes on the production line.


For this reason, a bespoke manual handling training course will be much more beneficial than sending workers on an open course. We charge a daily training rate rather than a per delegate fee, which means the cost per head can actually be much cheaper than sending them on an open course which is not tailored to their work activities and risks!

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Manual Handling Courses

These courses are occasionally run as open courses, but due to the fact that manual handling risks depend greatly upon the industry type and the specific tasks which employees are conducting, these course outlines primarily form the basis of bespoke, in-house training sessions.


Our 1-day Manual Handling course is aimed at anyone who undertakes manual handling as part of their work duties, giving delegates an understanding of safe manual handling.


Our 1-day Manual Handling Risk Assessment course is for those who are tasks with performing a manual handling risk assessment in the workplace. It will also cover relevant manual handling legislation.

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e-Learning/Online Training

Our manual handling e-learning course will cover issues such as describing what manual handling is, manual handling regulations, practical manual handling solutions and the use of mechanical aids.


There are multiple choice questions at the end of each unit. Those who successfully achieve the minimum mark required to pass these assessments are rewarded with a printable certificate.


An e-learning course is ideal for those who cannot get time away from the workplace and do not require a tailored course which deals with specific risks. Our manual handling online course will provide a thorough overview of safe manual handling in a place of work.

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What is Manual Handling?

Manual handling involves the listing or moving of loads which could potentially cause injury to a person's back or to their muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels etc. Whilst lifting is the most immediate action which comes to mind, manual handling also encompasses climbing with loads, pushing and pulling, pivoting... In fact, any action that is performed whilst handling an object that is heavy enough to place strain on the body.


The Need for Health and Safety Training

The importance of correct manual handling in the workplace has gained greater prominence in recent years. Most organisations are now proactive rather than reactive when it comes to manual handling and manual handling training for their workers. Preventing conditions associated with incorrect manual handling will lead to lower staff absenteeism and sick pay if workers do not need to take time off in order to recover from an injury such as a muscle tear or strain which means they cannot perform their normal work duties. Even if they were temporarily moved to another area of the businesses where they did not need to perform physical tasks, the disruption and time taken having to re-train them is still an unwelcome and time-consuming inconvenience.


Manual Handling Risk Assessments

Performing a manual handling risk assessment will identify potential risks of injury in the workplace. It will identify where processes can be changed in order to avoid heavy lifting, or flag up where equipment is either inadequate or absent completely (e.g. hydraulic lifts are needed rather than a worker carrying boxes up a ladder). Organisations need to comply with the relevant health and safety legislation with regards to the safety and welfare of their employees, and performing a manual handling risk assessment will allow management the time and focus to determine what changes need to be made in order to satisfy these requirements.

For those whose job role frequently involves the handling of such objects, manual handling training will form an essential part of their overall health and safety training requirements. As well as short term injuries, incorrect manual handling techniques performed over the long-term can lead to chronic and incurable ailments.


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