Manual Handling FAQs and Resources

As a leading provider of Health & Safety eLearning, our experts are often asked about Manual Handling. We've collected all of those questions and answered them for you below...

  • Manual Handling FAQs

    I have to carry heavy stuff all the time and I've been fine up until now, surely I don't need the training?

    Just because you have been carrying heavy things for a long time, doesn't mean that it is the correct way to do things. You may have been causing damage to your body without realising. Incorrect manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work. Carrying out this training could result in fewer absences which is beneficial for both the employer and the employee.

    Is it the employer or the employee's responsibility to make sure that they are not lifting too much?

    All employers have a responsibility to avoid manual handling where possible if there is a risk of injury. If the lifting cannot be avoided then they should reduce the risk of injury as much as possible.

    What is the correct lifting technique?

    You should always test the weight of the load before lifting it. Then you should make sure that you are in a stable position. Always make sure you use your legs, they are your strongest muscles and minimise the pressure on your back.

    When lifting from the floor you should, find a stable position, lower to the floor by bending your knees and keeping your back straight, then bring ht load close to your body and use your legs to lift as you stand keep the neutral posture.

    What weight can I lift alone?

    There are no legal limits of what you can or can't lift at work. But 20kg is about the maximum you should be lifting.

    What is the law surrounding manual handling?

    The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 is the legislation surrounding manual handling. It states that if your workplace requires you to do manual handling then everyone one should undertake proper training to understand what the do’s and don'ts of lifting are.

    What is a manual handling operation defined as?

    The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 defines manual handling as “…any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force.”

    How many people a year are injured by manual handling accidents?

    Last year, 21% of all non-fatal injuries reported were due to manual handling alone.

    Who should undertake risk assessments in the workplace?

    It is the employer's responsibility to conduct risk assessments in the workplace.

    What is the power zone?

    The power zone is the zone between your mid-thigh and mid-chest, where you can lift the most amount of weight with the least amount of exertion.

    What are TILE and LITE?

    TILE or LITE stands for load, individual, task and environment. To find out more visit our TILE & LITE blog.

FAQs regarding our Manual Handling course

What legislation is relevant to this course?

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 is the legislation relevant to this course. Manual Handling is taken to include the lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying and movement of anything by hand or bodily force in this.

How long does the course take?

This course takes 25 minutes including the multiple choice test.

What approvals does this course have?

This course is CPD Accredited and IOSH Approved

What devices is this course available from?

Our courses can be completed on a range of devices, they’re compatible with Desktops, laptops, mobile phones, iPads and other tablets

Why is this training important?

It is important to do this manual handling training as it could help to prevent injuries that are caused by manual handling. Manual Handling accounts for one-third of all workplace accidents. It is not just for workplaces like warehouses, it is also useful for jobs where small or infrequent lifting tasks may be required.

How long is my certificate valid for?

It is up to the training administrator of the employee as to when the expiry date is set to on the certificates. However, to stay up-to-date with legislation, we recommend that training should be renewed every year.

Documents and Resources

  • Lifting from the floor

    This is one of the videos from the iHASCO Manual Handling Training programme, this is here as a free resource so that after taking the training you can review the lift from time to time at no cost.

  • LITE Assessment Breakdown

    This guide will show you how to assess your manual handling task. How to break it down into each section and what questions you should ask yourself within each section.

  • LITE Assessment Reminder

    This poster can be used around your workplace to remind people who are carrying out manual handling tasks to assess the load, individual, task and environment.

  • Posture Guide

    This Posture Guide shows the awkward and neutral postures that you can have with your back, hands and shoulders. Awkward postures can sometimes cause damage or discomfort to your muscles.

  • Posture Reminder

    We have created this desktop wobble reminder to maintain a neutral posture. This should sit on your desk as a memory aid to maintain a good posture to relieve stress on your muscles, tendons, nerves and bones.

  • Powerzone Chart

    The Powerzone chart contains guidelines for lifting and lowering safely. Working within the guidelines reduces the risk, but does not guarantee your complete safety.
    You use the chart to make an assessment of your task. You have to work out which areas of the chart your hands pass through to complete your manual handling task - the lifting, moving and lowering. Looking at the ‘safe’ weight shown on the chart for each of the areas your hands pass through you must ensure your package weighs the same as or less than the lightest ‘safe’ weight.
    If the weight you are to carry exceeds the safe weight, then you will require a manual handling risk assessment of the task to be done.

  • The Golden Rules of Manual Handling

    This guide shows the 3 golden rules that anyone should follow when it comes to manual handling. Test the weight of the object, find a stable position and use your legs when lifting.