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Working safely with manual handling

Manual Handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work. Musculoskeletal disorders account for nearly 40% of all work-related ill health. This one-day training course is designed to help anyone working with Manual Handling activities to manage the injury risk by complying with the law and by working safely.

Course content

  • The importance of Manual Handling - The scale of the problem - the moral, legal and financial reasons for working safely when manual handling.
  • What is Manual Handling – A definition of Manual Handling tasks and the need for an ‘ergonomic approach’ to Manual Handling.
  • Human Physiology and ergonomic injury - The anatomy of the human body and the nature of musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Legal duties regarding Manual Handling - The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and associated guidance.
  • Manual Handling Training – How to provide useful practical training including a practical session on good lifting technique.
  • Manual Handling Risk Assessment – Techniques for carrying out a MHO risk assessment and applying control measures to reduce injury risk.


There are no pre-requisites for joining this course which is designed to be appropriate for anyone involved with manual handling at work.


No assessment but delegates receive a certificate of attendance.

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How is this course available?

  • Open course at EEF locations and other venues
  • In-house course at client’s site

This course is an essential basic requirement for anyone who works with manual handling activities or who supervises or manages teams working with manual handling tasks.