Manual Handling Training

Our Manual Handling Course covers Anatomy & Back Care, Legislation, Biomechanics, Safe handling of Loads, Risk Assessment and Ergonomics. This course can be taken in a classroom setting , as an e-learning course with practical assessment to follow if required, or delivered through Zoom video conference with practical assessment online or onsite


Manual Handling Awareness
Practical Assessments online or onsite

Blended Learning

Zoom Conference Course
Practical Assessments online or onsite

Your Premises/Onsite

Onsite Course with Practical Assessments
If COVID-19 Prevention can be Facilitated

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, unstable or difficult loads. Performing manual handling tasks in unfavourable ergonomic conditions can result in a back injury. Unfavourable ergonomic conditions produce the largest percentage of back injuries and MSD’s

Avoid or Reduce Manual Handling Risks:

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.

Course Modules Outline:

  • What is Manual Handling, Why do we need training?
  • Legislation – Legal Requirements
  • Anatomy & Back Care – how to prevent injury
  • Biomechanics – using the body efficiently and safely
  • Ergonomics and Risk Assessment
  • Mechanical Equipment – to avoid or reduce Manual Handling
  • Fitness & Flexibility
  • Principles of Safe Moving – how to lift and carry correctly
  • Skills Demonstration
  • Practical assessment 
  • Written test
  • Successful trainees receive a certificate valid for 3 years.

What is a Manual Handling Task?

According to the HSA a Manual Handling Task, is a task involving the movement of a load which poses a risk of injury particularly to the back. This risk can be a result of unfavourable ergonomic conditions or simply the characteristics of the load.

Moving a bag of coal by hand is an obvious Manual Handling Task. What may not seem as obvious is when unfavourable ergonomic conditions are involved, such as getting a ream of paper from the bottom shelf of a cupboard or from a high shelf. This is also a Manual Handling Task. Is is not the load that presents the risk, but the location of the load and the posture and movements required by the body to access and move the load.

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Pricing: Zoom Conference

  • €50 per trainee, 1-2-1 is fine, same price 
  • Zoom Conference with practical online or at MKD
  • Same day service, Certs issued upon payment
  • Practicals with instructor online

Pricing: Onsite Training

  • 2 – 7 trainees €50 each
  • Class of 10 €350
  • Minimum €150 for onsite visit:
  • Adequate COVID-19 Prevention Measures must be in place
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