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

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4.37 out of 5
easyily explained

found the course well & easily explained, very informative. Thanks

5/5
Informative and well put compiled.

Informative and convenient. Swisslog appears to like the format which is good. On line information/ qualifications such as these , save time and money. Would prefer to see more examples throughout the courses to underline what is said..

4/5
excellent, clear training.

I found the clear, straight,forward instructions easy to follow and all completely relevant.

5/5
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5/5
very informative and interesting thanks.

Thanks for this make me unterstand more about manual handling.

5/5
Great help

I lift weights every day and this course is a great reminder of how to look after my body and posture

3/5
a very informative course

Great course, Gives good information and print out sheets for reminders on posture and safety and weight load

5/5
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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.