Manual Handling

More than a third of all industrial accidents are caused by handling loads incorrectly.  Pushing, pulling and lifting can cause injuries to the arms, hands, fingers and back resulting in 1.6 million working days lost every year.

Many of these accidents and injuries can and should be prevented. Training in the correct handling techniques can reduce the risk of injury and may even boost productivity as well as ensuring the employers legal obligations are met.

Training should not be restricted to the shop floor staff. Even office based staff may be required to do some form of lifting and carrying.

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. states

2. (1) It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health,
safety and welfare at work of all his employees.

2. (2) Without prejudice to the generality of an employer's duty under the preceding subsection, the
matters to which that duty extends include in particular

  •  (A) the provision and maintenance of plant and systems of work that are, so far as is

reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health;

  •  (B) arrangements for ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, safety and absence of risks

to health in connection with the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances;

Course Types

There is only one course type that covers all candidates regardless of prior experience


The course lengths below show the minimum time it will take to become a competent operator - course lengths may vary from those shown depending on the skill levels and competence of the operator. 

Manual Handling
Category(s) Course Type No. of Candidates       Course Length
Manual Handling        All Course Types     10 1/2 Day