Manual Handling Training.

  • Designed to ensure learners are sufficiently trained and able to apply the principles and practices of safe manual handling in the workplace.
  • Suitable for employees of all levels whose job involves the moving and handling of loads in the workplace.
  • Developed and delivered by experienced Manual Handling Instructors.

About Course

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.

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.

The course consists of 7 units. Units 1–6 cover Manual Handling Theory and takes 90 minutes to complete. Unit 7 is an interactive module that will focus on the practical demonstrations and assessment and will be delivered online by an experienced Manual Handling Instructor.

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


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.

Where is this course run? 

This course is delivered online.

How long is the certification valid for? 

The certificate is valid for 3 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 an online practical-based session which will include a demonstration and assessment of practical manual handling techniques.

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.