Covered in this Course

The Manual Handling Training course is broken down into 4 sections.

1) Your back during Manual Handling

The introduction to our course covers your back – what it’s made up of, how it works, how flexible and strong it is, but also how fragile it can be if it’s not look after. It explains what damage can be done with poor lifting techniques, and it offers an interesting insight into why children naturally lift objects correctly.

Close up animation of a spine and the different parts that are affected during manual handling

2) Daily Tasks

The second section of our Manual Handling Training explains how you can prevent aches, pains and more serious damage by maintaining a healthy back on a daily basis. It covers correct (neutral) postures, working in the Power Zone, and how to successfully break bad postural habits.

Our Manual Handling Training will go through things you need to consider about the object you are lifting, as part of correct manual handling.

3) LITE Assessment

Before you begin any Manual Handling task, you need to complete a LITE assessment to reduce the risk of injury. This section takes you through the four different stages (Load Individual Task Environment) and provides you with additional advice about what to do during these tasks.

The LITE Assessment as part of our Manual Handling Training Course.

4) Techniques

Our fourth and final section provides step-by- step demonstrations on how to carry out various types of lift – from the floor, waist height, and head height; it takes you through a two-stage lift, team lift, and loading a trolley too. This section also covers the three Golden Rules of Manual Handling.

Various lifting techniques, including ladders as part of manual handling.

Manual Handling Certificate

Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Online Manual Handling training programme ends with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. 

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time. From there, you can re-print certificates; check and set pass marks and use the system as proof of commitment to ongoing legal compliance. 

What does my certificate include?

Your Manual Handling Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and all relevant approvals.

Manual Handling Certificate

Real User Reviews


Based on 7,520 real user reviews.

4.37 out of 5
Very good well structured course

A good course and easy to understand and take in without too much information to confuse someone.

Excellent very well explained

Superb will recommend

Easy to use and informative

I found the course easy to use and would recommend that business’ use this sort of training as it allows people to understand the course at their own pace and not have the embarrassment of asking to repeat from a trainer as they can simply review any section not understood.


Very easy to understand and to follow the instructions

well laid out in presentation and info.

The experience of the granted course was almost perfect. The presentation was very well done and read via the presenter, information was routed across clearly and with also the addition of summaries to the end of each clip for reminders is brilliant. Every segment was broken down and displayed in a programmable manner in which minimised any possible chance of confusion I believe however I also believe the only downside was it seemed to easy.Never the less whether that was due to how smoothly relayed everything was or the question choices, i'd recommend this to others.

Productive and easy to understand.

Yes, I did find find it very helpful. Very good information even if it was a small course. I believe that even if I think that I know good techniques already, is always good to have a professional review.

Very clear with good simple explanations

No summary provided

Very good

The whole program was easy to use from the point of receiving the email to accessing the program online. The training was easy to understand and clearly demonstrated. I learnt so much about my back and the everyday use of it. By the time I got to the test I felt a good level of confidence in my knowledge and my ability to pass.

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Legislations relating to Manual Handling

It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work. Take a look at relevant legislation below.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

Under The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 Manual Handling is taken to include the lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying and movement of anything by hand or bodily force. The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (13(2)) also require that every employer must ensure that their employees are provided with adequate health and safety training. 

Council Directive 90/269/EEC of 29th May 1990 on the minimum health and safety requirements for the manual handling of loads where there is a risk particularly of back injury to workers

Employers must ensure that workers receive proper training and information on how to handle loads correctly, and the risks they might be open to - particularly if these tasks are not performed correctly

Council Directive 90/269/EEC, Article 6, Section 2

The HSE suggests that, in general, manual handling training should be suitable for the individual, tasks and environment involved. It is important that these courses offer a range of different pieces of advice, including:

  • Manual handling risk factors and how injuries can occur;
  • How to carry out safe manual handling, including good handling technique;
  • Appropriate systems of work for the individual's task and environment;
  • Use of mechanical aids;

It is important to emphasise that the training contained in this programme is invaluable not only in the workplace itself but for general everyday use outside the workplace too. After all, if a member of staff injures their back no matter where they are they may need time off work and it may affect their general fitness in the short or long term.​

Who is our Manual Handling Training for?

Our Manual Handling training is for all levels of staff that undertake manual handling operations. Construction and building site workers will undertake more manual handling operations than most due to transporting loads by lifting, pushing, carrying, pulling or putting down.

What are the consequences of poor manual handling?

If manual handling is not carried out properly it can have significant consequences on your health, particularly if you carry out manual handling operations regularly.

Poor manual handling can result in musculoskeletal disorders, symptoms of which include:

  • Pains that can either be localised or widespread
  • Dull aches
  • Restricted movement
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Twitching or burning sensations in muscles

The most common places for musculoskeletal disorders to occur are in the neck and in the upper / lower back.

As a result of musculoskeletal disorders, people can also experience bouts of depression and other mental health issues.