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Manual Handling Training Course Kilkenny

MKD Health & Safety Manual Handling Course is an action learning/interactive class and is made up of eight modules, with slide shows, props and some physical participation. The action learning class involves constant assessment with a practical skills demonstration and written test to complete the training. Attendees should wear loose clothing for the practical demonstration at the end of the course. The 3 hour course delivered by our QQI Level 6 Instructor includes:

  • What is Manual Handling, Why do we need training?Manual Handling Course every weekend
  • Legislation – Legal Requirements
  • Anatomy & Backcare
  • Biomechanics
  • Ergonomic Principles & Risk Assessment
  • Mechanical Equipment
  • Fitness & Flexibility
  • Principles of Safe Moving
  • Skills Demonstration
  • Successful trainees will receive a certificate valid for 3 years.

Manual Handling in the Workplace

Manual Handling is a physical activity that takes place in every workplace. In some cases the activity does not pose a problem. However it can be a potential workplace hazard when an employee is required to handle heavy, bulky or unwieldy, unstable or difficult to grasp loads or perform manual handling tasks resulting in unfavourable ergonomic conditions that could result in a back injury.


It is necessary to carry out a risk assessment of existing manual handling tasks before making an informed decision on which tasks need to be avoided or reduced. Employers must then take steps to avoid or reduce the risk of injury. The main concern with manual handling activity is the increased risk of injury due to wear and tear on the back. Back injuries are painful and reduce mobility, they can also lead to long absences from work.

Manual Handling Legislation

 Manual handling legal requirements and legislation according to the HSA Manual Handling of Loads Regulation, which forms part of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations

Health & Safety at Work Act 2005

Duties of the Employer

It is the duty of employers to provide:

  • Safe Place of Work
  • Safe Access & Egress
  • Safe Systems of Work
  • Safe Plant and machinery
  • PPE
  • Training
  • Manual Handling Risk Assessment
  • Supervision

Duties of the Employee

It is the duty of employees to:

  • Keep workplace tidy and exits clear
  • Follow procedures
  • Use machinery correctly
  • Report defects
  • Wear PPE
  • Attend training courses provided
  • Not to endanger yourself or others

Manual Handling Regulations 2007

Manual Handling of Loads Regulations

There are four Key Requirements:

  • Avoidance of Manual Handling
  • Reduction of Manual Handling
  • Risk Assessment of Manual Handling Tasks
  • Provision of Instruction and training for relevant employees

General Principles of Prevention

  • Avoidance
  • Evaluation
  • Combating
  • Adaptation of work to the individual
  • Adaptation of place of work
  • Replacement
  • Giving of Priority
  • Development of policy
  • Training