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Manual Handling

Manual Handling Training

Leeds | York | Bradford | Harrogate | Hull | Yorkshire

Do you need a manual handling training course? Safety Management Services Europe have been providing Manual handling training since the Manual Handling Operations Regulations came into force, so we know a thing or two about it! You may even find it an uplifting experience…

We will tailor our course to meet your needs.

Our Manual handling trainers will come to you premises and provide a full manual handling training course that can be tailored to your company’s needs. We will discuss your business and requirements before the training takes place and we will ensure that the course covers everything relevant to your type of work and that of your employees. We constantly ensure our training exceeds the HSE requirements for Manual handling training.


Our trainers are Health and Safety Consultants who are members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. A recent course was highly commended by a HSE ergonomics expert who had attended it.

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Manual Handling

Manual Handling Training

Manual handling Course Contents:

  • Manual handling risk factors and how injuries can occur; basic information about the anatomy of the spine and muscular system and how injuries occur.
  • the key risk factors for manual handling injuries relating to the load, task, environment and capability and how those factors present in the particular industry and workplace;
  • how to avoid manual handling and reduce risk factors
  • how to carry out safe manual handling, including good handling technique;
  • factors relating to individual capability should include the capability to adopt posture
  • required for safe lifting, eg bending the knees; appropriate systems of work for the individual’s task and environment;
  • basic principles of safe moving and handling and how those can be applied in that particular industry and workplace, taking into account local factors such as specific tasks and workplace and wearing of PPE etc (this should enable delegates to deal with unfamiliar operations through basic understanding of the principles of avoidance and safe lifting techniques);
  • demonstration and practice of lifting and handling techniques such as planning the lift, feet position for stability/balance, posture, keeping load close to the body, moving feet instead of twisting the trunk demonstration and practice in safe use of lifting equipment if applicable;
  • practical work to allow the trainer to identify and remedy any unsafe practice demonstrated by trainees
  • what the company procedure for reporting injuries is and what action will be taken if a member of staff is injured.
  • use of mechanical aids; and
  • practical work to allow the trainer to identify and put right anything the trainee is not doing safely.

Key learning points

By the end of the programme attendees will have:

  • knowledge of the legal requirements of the Health and safety at Work Act, Manual Handling Operations Regulations, as they apply in relation to moving and handling activities
  • knowledge of the definition of manual handling and responsibilities of managers/supervisors
  • understanding of the legal background and importance of carrying out a risk assessment for manual handling activities
  • understanding of the first principles of manual handling
  • been introduced to the four areas of ergonomic/manual handling assessment
  • knowledge of weight guidelines
  • understanding of the basic structure of the spine and injuries that can occur due to manual handling activities
  • understanding of the principles of safe moving and handling
  • demonstration of correct lifting techniques in relation to specific loads

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 – What the law says

The relevant legislation to manual handling training is the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended). With regards to training, the guidance to the Regulations states:

“Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and regulations 10 and 13 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to provide their employees with health and safety information and training. This should be supplemented as necessary with more specific information and training on manual handling injury risks and prevention, as part of the steps to reduce risk required by regulation 4(1)(b)(ii) of the Regulations.

Where can I attend a course?

We are happy to provide you with bespoke in-house courses to suit your specific training needs. We will be happy to discuss these with you, or if you require help with an assessment of risk, please call or ask for more information by contacting us. Safety Management Services Europe delivers manual handling training courses across Yorkshire, Humberside and the North East.

Call us now for a chat about your manual handling training requirements on 0845 224 0028 or fill in our contact form.