The Basics of Manual Handling

Manual Handling

Manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work, accounting for over a third of all workplace injuries. As an employer, you have a duty of care to protect employees from lifting hazards. As an employee, you must be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge to stay safe while manual handling. Doing so will help prevent and reduce the risks of injury and save unnecessary pain and expense.

What you will learn

No one wants to injure themselves. So, it’s important to be able to identify the leading causes of manual handling injuries and common risks in the workplace. Once you know what to avoid, you also need to know how to avoid it. An understanding of the principles of safe manual handling is essential, as is a knowledge of your personal manual handling capabilities. And if you’re in charge, you need to know the regulations and be able to implement good working practices for your workforce.

The Basics of Manual Handling

About this course

If you’ve ever hurt yourself lifting something, then you’ve, unfortunately, joined a not very exclusive club. Injuries when lifting or moving objects are commonplace in any industry as well as around the home. It’s true that some of these injuries aren’t especially severe, and, although painful, sprains or strains are the likely outcome of a manual handling injury. But even relatively small injuries can mount up and lead to things that put you out of action for weeks, or worse.

Engaging the learner

There’s a lot of important information to deliver in this course. We decided that the best way to do it was to break it all up into bite sized chunks. Some of the legal stuff can be quite dry, too. So, to stop learners falling asleep, we had some fun with the characters and sets which had the added bonus of making the whole thing more memorable and easier to digest.

When you take the course, you’ll come up against a knowledge checker and an in-depth case study which both aid and reinforce the learning. And because everyone learns at a different pace, the flow of the learning can be controlled through menus so you can quickly and easily revisit sections you want to see again, or just take a quick break when you need one.

Peace of mind with testing

Peace of mind with testing

This course also has an assessment at the end which allows learners to test their understanding and helps businesses demonstrate a level of competence in the topic.

With a bank of questions learners will get randomised assessments which means if people do fail the assessment, they aren't faced with the same quiz again; after all you want to test learners knowledge and not their ability to remember the right button to press second time around.



Everyone has the right to learn and learner need can vary depending on environment or disabilities. To support this diversity, we provide transcripts so people have text options for media, alongside subtitles for all videos.

The course has been thoughtfully designed to be screen reader friendly with alternative text. We're committed to creating a user-friendly experience, with accessible visuals and easy-to-use navigation.

Certified training

This course is an IOSH approved courses which means you're getting industry best practice content in health and safety.
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