Manual Handling Course

The Manual Handling course is designed to prevent workplace back injuries, it lasts from 3 - 4 hours with written and practical tests, the course costs from €45 to €90 and is becoming available in most counties. Many employers now require prospective employees to have manual handling cert. before they commence employment.

Manual Handling is a physical activity that takes place in every workplace, and in many cases the activities do not pose a problem, however some activities can be a potential workplace hazard when they involve moving heavy loads, working in a demanding environment, unfavourable ergonomic conditions or tasks unsuitable to particular individuals which could result in back injury. 30% of all workplace injuries involve manual handling accidents.

The Manual Handling Training Course is an interactive class comprised of several modules, with slide shows, props and some physical participation. The action learning class is a constant assessment class with a practical skills demonstration and written test to complete the training.

The course covers Duties of Employers and Employees:

Duties of the Employer Duties of the Employee
It is the duty of employers to provide:

  • Safe Place of Work
  • Safe Access & Egress
  • Safe Systems of Work
  • Safe Plant and machinery
  • PPE
  • Training
  • Manual Handling Risk Assessment
  • Supervision
It is the duty of employees to:

  • Keep workplace tidy and exits clear
  • Follow procedures
  • Use machinery correctly
  • Report defects
  • Wear PPE
  • Attend training courses provided
  • Not to endanger yourself or others


Manual Handling of Loads Regulation

There are four Key Requirements:
  • Avoidance of Manual Handling
  • Reduction of Manual Handling
  • Risk Assessment of Manual Handling Tasks
  • Provision of Instruction and training for relevant employees
General Principles of Prevention
  • Assess the risk
  • Avoid the need for manual handling
  • Eliminate
  • Automate
  • Mechanise
  • Reduce Risk




Manual Handling accidents account for 1/3 of all workplace injuries that keep people absent from work for extended periods, more than 70 million Americans suffer with a bad back!

Posted in Manual Handling Course | Training Services.

Leave a Reply