Over 1/3 of all work-related injuries are from manual handling. Back injuries are the biggest cause of staff absence in the UK and yet most are preventable. The Manual handling training course is a legal requirement in any situation where your staff are required to do any lifting, lowering, pulling or pushing that carries any level risk.

The main aim of this course is to improve manual handling techniques, move and handle loads safely in a practical environment and be able to conduct a personal manual handling risk assessment.

The course covers the following items.

  • Anatomy of the spine
  • Causes of back pain
  • Returning back to work
  • Manual handling laws and guidance
  • Principles of safer manual handling
  • Unsafe systems of work
  • Manual handling Risk Assessment
  • Demonstrations and practice
  • Practical Evaluations


Practical assessment is ongoing by the instructor throughout the course delivery and the course ends with a written test.

This qualification does not expire, but refresher training and keeping up to date with changes to policies and procedures is vital to keep the qualification current.