Welcome to Manual Handling

More than a third of over 3-day injuries are caused by manual handling. Many manual handling injuries build up over a period of time rather than being caused by a single incident.

Protect yourself and your employees, get trained

It's not just manual staff that are at risk, many office based staff carry things from time to time.

What are employer's duties?

The regulations require employers to:

Avoid the need for hazardous manual handling so far as is reasonably practical;
Assess the risk or injury from hazardous manual handling that can't be avoided;
Reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practical
Employees have a duty too. They should:
  • Follow appropriate systems of work laid down for their safety;
  • Make proper use of equipment provided for their safety;
  • Co-operate with their employer on health and safety matters;
  • Inform the employer if they identify hazardous manual handling activities;
  • Take care to ensure that their manual handling activities do not put others at risk.
Assessing and reducing the risk of injury

The assessment is the employer's responsibility. You should be able to do most assessments in-house after training. You, your employees and safety representatives know your business better than anyone. Most situations will require just a few minutes observation to identify ways to make the manual handling activity easier and less risky i.e. less physically demanding.

Industrial Training Services has been delivering Manual handling training since 1989, and has certificated numerous personnel during this time, enhancing their qualifications and job prospects. All our training is delivered by qualified instructors.

Manual handling training course

Training course outline

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • Summary of Regulations
  • Accident statistics
  • The structure and function of the human spine
  • The anatomy of the spine
  • Fitness and diet
  • Minimum & Maximum lifting capacity of the individual
  • Preparing to lift-points to be considered
  • Various loads - e.g. awkward & heavy loads
  • Loads - Special factors in operation
  • Recovery periods
  • Methods/types of lifting
  • The base movement of lifting
  • Dummy loads
  • Team lifting
  • Pushing & pulling
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Exercise and discussion

The course covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of manual handling with roughly 50% of the course being spent on each section.

For further information contact 01268 560400 or
e.mail: info@industrial-training-services.co.uk