Manual Handling Training

This course has been designed to ensure students are sufficiently trained and able to apply the principles and practices of safe manual handling in the workplace.

It addresses the current health and safety legislation in Ireland and outlines the responsibilities of the employer and the employee under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Identify the relevant manual handling legislation in Ireland 
  • Explain the anatomy of the spinal column
  • Recognise how incorrect manual handling technique can lead to injury
  • Outline the benefits of fitness and flexibility in the workplace
  • Describe the role of ergonomics and risk assessment in manual handling
  • State the 8 principles of safe manual handling

Course Content

Unit 1: Manual Handling Legislation

  • Reasons to Manage Manual Handling
  • Definition of Manual Handling
  • General Duties of the Employer
  • Duties of the Employee
  • Duties of the Employer in relation to Manual Handling

Unit 2: The Musculoskeletal System

  • Structure and functions of  the spine
  • The Vertebrae
  • Spinal discs
  • The spinal cord
  • Ligaments and tendons
  • Muscles in movement
  • Joints of the spine
  • The process of movement

Unit 3: Musculoskeletal Disorders

  • Neck and upper limb disorders
  • Lower limb disorders
  • Disorders of the back
  • Risk factors for manual handling

Unit 4: Fitness and Flexibility

  • Fitness and flexibility
  • Benefits of stretching
  • Good posture
  • Healthy Lifestyle

Unit 5: Ergonomics and Risk Assessment

  • What is Ergonomics?
  • Benefits of good workplace ergonomics
  • Manual handling risk assessment

Unit 6: Safe Handling Techniques

  • The 8 principles of manual handling
  • Lifting from the floor (theory)
  • Lifting to waist height (theory)
  • Lifting to a height (theory)
  • Pushing and pulling (theory)
  • Team lift (theory)

UNIT 7: Practical Manual Handling

This Unit is carried out in the classroom and demonstrates how the principles of manual handling can be put into practice to include:

  • Carrying
  • Pushing and pulling
  • Lifting from low levels
  • Lowering from a height
  • Team lifting principles
  • Further information on minding your own back

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 are examined with particular emphasis on the legislation specific to manual handling in the workplace. 

This legislation, referred to as the Manual Handling of Loads Regulations 2007, outlines the duties of the employer including the requirement to avoid manual handling where possible, to carry out manual handling risk assessments and to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries to employees by implementing appropriate controls.

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The training course also describes the structure of the spine and looks at the function and role of the individual components that make up the spinal column.  The function of the muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints and spinal discs are outlined and detailed information is given in relation to how these components may become injured during manual handling activities.  Risk factors which contribute to manual handling injuries are examined with the aim of reducing the risk of injury while undertaking a range of manual handling tasks in the work environment.  The necessity to adhere to safe manual handling practices are explained and participants are advised on the procedure for carrying out manual handling risk assessments using the acronym TILE.  The benefits of good workplace ergonomics are discussed as part of the risk assessment process and the significant role that ergonomics plays in the reduction of musculoskeletal injuries at work is highlighted throughout the training course.  Fitness and flexibility in the workplace and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are also explored as factors to be considered when addressing manual handling-related injuries. 

This is a blended online and classroom training course which will help employees to comply with current legislation and recognise the importance of good back care.  Participants are initially guided online through the theoretical aspects of manual handling prior to embarking on the practical class-based component of the course.  This training course offers a range of useful and practical information in relation to manual handling which is relevant to all workplaces.

The course consists of 7 units and Units 1–6 are covered online.  The online component of the course takes 45 minutes to complete. 

Unit 7 will focus on the practical demonstrations and assessment and will be delivered in the classroom by an experienced manual handling instructor.


Who should complete the training course? 

The course is suitable for employees of all levels whose job involves the moving and handling of loads in the workplace

How long is the certification valid for?

The certificate is valid for 2 years

How will I be assessed?

On completion of the online course students are required to complete an end of course Quiz.   Following completion of the online component of the course participants are required to attend a classroom-based session which will include a demonstration and assessment of practical manual handling techniques

Benefits of Manual Handling Certificate

According to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, an employer has a responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of their employees.

Many employees are unaware of the physical risks involved in their jobs and injuries often occur due to lack of training.

A third of all injuries in the workplace reported to the HSA are caused by manual handling tasks, and those injuries are a leading cause of work disability.

By gaining the manual handling certificate the potential dangers are highlighted and employees are taught the best practice to be safe in their workplace. Employees who hold a manual handling certificate have improved work skills, improved productivity and creates a health-conscious workforce. It also gives employees the confidence to do their tasks to the best of their abilities while still staying safe at work.

In order to gain the manual handling certificate, a person must complete the manual handling course.

This 3-hour course can be done in a classroom setting or blended online and classroom training and is taught by a qualified Level 6 instructor. On completion of the course, a person will receive a manual handling certificate that is valid for 2 years.

Locations that Course is Run

The manual handling classroom course is run in Dawson Street, Dublin 2 and Tallaght, Dublin 24.
This course can also be done as a blended online and classroom course. This involves completing online modules and then taking part in a classroom-based practical assessment.

The manual handling practical assessment is run in Dawson Street, Tallaght, Cork, Galway, Waterford, and Limerick.

Both the full manual handling classroom version and the practical assessment can be done on location at a company if a group of their employees are doing the manual handling course.

Benefits of Manual Handling Training

Completion of this course will assist employees in maintaining good health and will help to reduce the risk of manual handling related injuries in the workplace. 

It will provide participants with the skills, knowledge and training to utilise correct manual handling techniques when carrying out commonplace work activities. 

Employees will have the ability to work in a confident and safe manner which will contribute to a safer work environment. 

The course provides useful tips on good back care and raises the awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in the reduction of manual handling injuries. 

It will also ensure that employees are aware of their legal responsibilities at work while ensuring employers are compliant with the law in the provision of manual handling training.