Course Aims

To provide the learner a good understanding of how to safely undertake a manual handling operation. It covers topics including, what is manual handling; the legal requirements behind manual handling operations; risk assessment; manual handling techniques

1/2 day Manual Handling

Who Attends

Anyone undertaking or managing manual handling operations

Course Content

Section One: What do we mean by the term, Manual Handling"?
After setting the scene for the course in the introduction, we move into this very short section of the course to explore the question of "what is manual handling?".

Section Two: Legal Requirements
In this section, we look at the law regarding manual handling. This includes a very brief description of how Acts of Parliament are introduced and then draws our attention to the main Act and accompanying Regulations that underpin health and safety with regard to manual handling operations and management.

Section Three: Problems that can be caused by incorrect manual handling

In this chapter, we look at the dangers of poor manual handling and possible musculoskeletal injuries that can result from it.

Section Four: The Structure and Function of the Spine

To aid understanding of the injuries discussed in Section Three, this section gives a brief description of the structure and function of the spine. This section also describes how ligaments and tendons function as connective tissue for bones and muscles respectively, and how these can be damaged through poor manual handling.

Section Five: Assessing the Risks of Manual Handling Operations

This chapter is all about looking at the manual handling task and conducting a risk assessment to ensure that the operation is conducted in a safe manner. This is probably the most crucial aspect of any manual handling operation.

Section Six: Manual Handling Techniques

This is the chapter where all the action is! It covers the various techniques that are considered to be good practice when carrying out manual handling tasks.

Section Seven: Employer Responsibilities

This final chapter makes you aware of your employer's responsibilities, under health and safety legislation, for conducting manual handling risk assessments. It concludes, almost as course revision, with the Health and Safety Executive's own "Lifting Code".


This course will provide delegates with the knowledge required to ensure employees within an organisation understand how to carry out or manage manual handling operations


Teaching Methods
Teaching is conducted using video, audio, slides, graphs and descriptive media as well as practical applications of manual handling.

Assessment Methods
Multiple choice Theory assessments and Practical assessments are carried out at the end of the course.

Qualifications Obtained

Completion Certificates are issued by Sibbald.

Entry Requirements

Pre-Requisites:  The minimum entry requirement is a good understanding of spoken and written English

Additional Information

A basic introductory level e-learning course is available on this topic and can be purchased online here

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