It is one of the biggest causes of workplace injuries in the UK and many of us know what its like to have an injury at some point in our lives due to manual handling

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) (MHOR) define manual handling as:

…any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force“.

It is one of the biggest causes of workplace injuries in the UK and many of us know what its like to have an injury at some point in our lives due to manual handling, whether its falling over whilst carrying something, getting a bad back, causing damage to property or trying to make something squeeze through a gap so you take the skin off your knuckles.

Legislation requires employers to take action to prevent or reduce risks from lifting, carrying and handling loads, following the Assess, Control and Review model:


In particular, consider who is performing manual handling, what risks are likely to arise from the manual handling required and where risk may be increased by environmental factors such as uneven ground or different floor levels.


Ideally, measures should be taken to eliminate or minimise the risks posed by manual handling, such as lifting and carrying. However, in situations where the risk cannot be reduced by basic intervention, sufficient controls should be implemented to reduce risk. This can include site layout, appropriate preparation of the environment, access to appropriate handling equipment, clear working practices and sufficient information such as weight labels.


The review process should be seen as a constant cycle that embraces three key elements – supervision to ensure systems are followed, maintenance of equipment and monitoring of manual handling activities.

What next?

We will never give you a standard manual handling course, we wont be teaching your people to lift boxes in a class room, unless of course that is what your business does.

We will work with you to highlight your actual manual handling and develop a training course that suits your business and the products that you handle.

In addition to the course we can review business practices and highlight improvements that can be made, identifying how manual handling can be managed more effectively to ensure the wellbeing of your people. If your people don’t get injured you don’t have to replace them, you don’t have to deal with enforcement bodies and you don’t expose your business to potential civil claims.

Manual handling trainers and assessors

In order to keep your colleagues safe and meet legislative requirements and best practice, it is essential for organisations to ensure that those responsible for delivering and assessing manual handling training are fully equipped and qualified for the role.

Who is Manual Handling for Trainers and Assessors for?

Manual handling for trainers and assessors can be relevant to a wide range of roles, often including managers, supervisors, instructors and training officers, safety professionals. In addition, it is essential for those with responsibility for training others in manual handling techniques, including those with previous training experience.

What does Manual Handling for Trainers and Assessors cover?

Manual Handling for Trainers and Assessors is designed to provide those responsible for manual handling training with a broad range of knowledge covering the principles of manual handling and risk management in the workplace, establishing safe and efficient working practices and developing well structured training sessions in order to train others how to apply this effectively in the workplace.

Key areas of the training include:

  • Reasons for managing manual handling risks in the workplace.
  • Principles and practice of manual handling risk assessments in the workplace.
  • The role of safe handling in improving health & safety and well-being within the workplace.
  • Conducting dynamic risk assessments prior to undertaking manual handling tasks and training others to do so.
  • Applying the principles of efficient movement and safe practices to the handling of loads and training others to do so.
  • Producing effective and appropriate session plans for a manual handling training sessions based on a training needs analysis of the workplace.
  • Planning, producing and delivering effective manual handling training sessions.
  • Providing learner feedback and evaluating manual handling training sessions.

This programme is led by a CIPD qualified trainer, and the designer and main tutor of our train the trainer programme. This ensures delegates are equipped not only with sufficient knowledge of manual handling but also in how to convey the message to others with passion, professionalism and enthusiasm.

A slide pack for delegates to take and use as their own for future training is included as part of the course materials.

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