InstructorTom Worman
TypeOnline Course
DateJun 1, 2016 - Jul 31, 2017
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The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 require employers to ensure that all employees are competent in manual handling skills this training package facilitates this requirement.

It is estimated that in excess of 500,000 people in Great Britain suffer from a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) mainly affecting the upper limbs or neck that was most likely caused, or made worse, by their current or past work. This Manual Handling training course provides the necessary information and training for individuals to understand more about the risks associated with manual handling, how to undergo a risk assessment and how to ensure appropriate control measures are put in place.


Course Content

The course is divided into five accessible, interactive modules and also includes an assessment at the end.

  • Introduction and Legislation – Definition of what manual handling is. Potential causes of injury, benefits of controlling manual handling risks, manual handling legislation, employer and employee duties and guidance from the HSE.
  • Identifying the Risks – The types of injury that manual handling can cause, occupations most at risk, a brief look at the musculoskeletal system, the mechanics of body movement and factors that increase the risk of harm.
  • Risk Assessments – Identify what a risk assessment is. Identifying hazards posed by task, load and environmental variants, considering who may be harmed, evaluating risks, recording findings and how to review and update plans.
  • Reducing and Controlling the Risks – preparing for a manual handling operation, hierarchy of control measures, considering individual capacity, and whether manual handling can be avoided. This section also considers how to reduce the risk of harm by using mechanical aids, changing the task, load and environment, wearing personal protective equipment and reducing the risks through team handling.
  • Manual Handling Techniques – Finally this training will identify techniques for lifting from low levels, carrying, lowering from height, pushing and pulling and team handling.



The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. Once you have read and understood all of the course the ‘Take a quiz’ button will appear at the bottom of the timeline. You will be asked 12 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 75%. The answers are marked automatically so that you’ll instantly know whether you passed by checking your profile. If you don’t pass don’t worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.