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Manual Handling Health and Safety Training Courses

More than a third of all over-three-day injuries reported each year to HSE and local authorities are caused by manual handling – the transporting or supporting of loads by hand or by bodily force. In 2005/06 an estimated 374 000 people in Great Britain suffered from an upper limb disorders including bad backs, caused or made worse by their work.

Manual handling injuries can occur wherever people are at work – in agriculture, on building sites, in factories and warehousing, offices and shops, hospitals, banks, laboratories, and when off-site for example when making deliveries. Heavy manual handling of loads, awkward postures, difficult to grasp loads, and previous or existing injuries are all risk factors implicated in the development of manual handling injuries.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) establish the following hierarchy of control measures:

  1. Avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable, for example by redesigning the task to avoid moving the load or by automating or mechanising the process.

  2. Make a suitable and sufficient assessment of any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided.

  3. Reduce the risk of injury from those operations so far as is reasonably practicable. Where possible, you should provide mechanical assistance.

At Health and Safety Mentor our manual handling courses are designed to enable employees to contribute to the development of safer manual handling methods and tasks within the workplace.


This course will initially introduce candidates to the hazards and risks involved in manual handling and outlines what to expect from a manual handling assessment. This will ultimately lead to employees developing safer manual handling techniques in the workplace.

Course Outline

The manual handling training course covers the following topics:

  • The process of manual handling in the workplace and the legal requirements;
  • Manual handling injuries and the type of activities that are causing them
  • Manual handling assessment and determining suitable controls to reduce the risk on injury;
  • Responsibilities imposed by the Manual Handling Operations Regulations

If you would like to enquire about booking a course please ring and one of our Manual Handling health and safety consultants will be pleased to deal with your enquiry on 08444 933 062.