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Manual Handling

Health Safety and Wellbeing

Our online short course covers the key aspects of manual handling, legal requirements, techniques and risks.


Manual Handling



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Subtitles: English, Polish, Romanian

Duration: 1 hr

Retakes: Unlimited


This course is designed to give the learner a good understanding of how to safely undertake a manual handling operation. It covers topics including what is manual handling, the legal requirements behind manual handling operations, risk assessment, and manual handling techniques.

Candidates will undertake an online multiple-choice assessment and will receive a certificate if successful (any certificates from an official awarding body are sent to you via email).

Course Syllabus

  • Course Introduction, What is Manual Handling & Legal Requirements around Manual Handling

    After setting the scene for the course, we go on to explore the question of "what is manual handling?". It then goes on to look at the legal requirements, expectations and responsibilities around the subject.

  • Problems that can be caused by Incorrect Manual Handling & the Structure and Function of the Spine

    Next, we look at the dangers of poor manual handling and possible musculoskeletal injuries that can result from it. To aid understanding of such injuries, the chapter also includes a section on the spine and how it attaches to muscle and bone.

  • Assessing the Risks before a Manual Handling Operation

    We're now going to explore the manual handling task and conducting a risk assessment to ensure that the operation is conducted in a safe manner. This is probably the most crucial aspect of any manual handling operation.

  • Manual Handling Techniques

    Next up are the various techniques that are considered to be good practice when carrying out manual handling tasks.

  • Manual Handling Risk Assessment

    In this final unit, we examine the employer's responsibilities under health and safety legislation for conducting manual handling risk assessments. It concludes, almost as course revision, with the Health and Safety Executive's own "Lifting Code".

Obtaining your certificate

You will need to pass a multiple-choice exam at the end of the course in order to gain your accreditation. Once passed, we will send your official certificate by email.

Manual Handling

Our online short course covers the key aspects of manual handling, legal requirements, techniques and risks.



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