Manual Handling

35 minutes plus test

£ 45.00 per licence


Being competent in safe carrying and lifting techniques for the workplace is a legal requirement, and this course provides everything you need to know.

Poor manual carrying is responsible for more than a third of all workplace accidents reported to the authorities each year. Ensuring good practice means not only being able to tick a compliance box, but will also help to reduce on-location accidents and staff absence as a result of injury.

Manual Handling Training isn’t only for warehouse use either – it is just as important in everyday situations. Moving objects safely is a hugely important requirement of modern working life, and this training course can actually show you how to move even the heaviest of objects in a safe manner. This course looks at safe moving and handling, the ‘LITE’ technique (Load. Individual. Task. Environment.), and explains why safe workplace lifting is so important to your everyday health.

Key Features & Benefits of this Course:

  • Suitable for all employees, including staff and managers
  • Fulfils your legal obligations to comply with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992)
  • Can be fully completed in just 35 minutes!
  • Features a free online trial period, with bulk discounts available

Manual Handling Course Contents:

  1. You and Your Back

This section of the Handling Safety programme teaches a basic understanding of how our backs and, in particular, our spines work. It also covers the different ways in which a poor lifting technique can cause or exacerbate illnesses and injuries. We talk to people who have previously hurt their backs as a result of ineffective lifting, and ask an expert “Why is good technique so important?”

  1. Preparation

Whether you are undertaking this course at work, or at home, assessing the task before you begin is vital. This section of our Manual Handling Training programme shows you exactly what preparation you need to do. This includes things that you need to consider before lifting, and preparing the pathway you are moving along as best as you are able.

  1. Manual Handling

This section of the Manual Handling course provides you with step-by-step guidance when it comes to safe lifting and movement. This course covers a complete range of handling techniques, from floor-level lifts, to waist and head height lifts. Additionally, this course also teaches you how to push and pull, or where you need to be positioned during a team lift.

  1. Conclusion

Here, we bring all the different components together and look at how good manual handling relates to you, not only at work, but in your home or elsewhere. After all, it doesn’t matter where you are; if you need to lift something, remember to lift it safely.

Test & Certificate

This Manual Handling training programme ends with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. Along with this final questionnaire, smaller versions are provided to be completed throughout the course. This is to ensure that all participants remain engaged with the learning material throughout.

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 a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.


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.

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 could affect their general fitness in the short or long term.