Manual Handling Training

Our manual handling training courses are designed for employees at any level and in any sector. The course can be tailored to your organisation, delivered online or on-site.

What is Manual Handling Training?

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Manual Handling Training is designed to help employers ensure that they protect their workers from the risks associated with hazardous manual handling in the workplace.

The ‘Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) require that employers avoid, assess, and reduce the risk of injury from manual handling at work. In providing training for your employees, you are ensuring that you comply with UK Health and Safety legislation. 

TSW’s manual handling course is aligned to the MHOR regulations and will raise awareness and reduce risk in your organisation. It will provide your workers with the required knowledge on the risk factors and how injuries can happen, and how to carry out safe manual handling, including good handling techniques.

Manual handling course options with TSW

At TSW we offer a range of accredited and non-accredited manual handling courses, all available as a classroom or online course. Our courses include:

  • TSW certificated Manual Handling Awareness (Half-day course)
  • TSW certificated Manual Handling Principles and Practice (One day course)
  • Highfield Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling (One day course)

Manual handling courses tailored for your organisation: 

As the HSE state, “the content of any training in good handling technique should be tailored to the tasks the workers carry out”. At TSW we work with you to ensure we understand your business and provide manual handling training that is tailored to your specific circumstances.

Manual handling training taking place on-site, in a classroom and online

Who should take a manual handling course?

People from construction, manufacturing, office, and delivery jobs with bad backs

Our manual handling training course is aimed at any employee who undertakes manual handling at work and needs to understand the principles of safe manual handling. This includes anyone who may transport or support a load by hand or bodily force. It includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying, or moving a load (which may include an object, person or animal.

Typical roles of staff who undertake this course include:

  • Construction workers
  • Factory and warehouse workers
  • Farm and agricultural workers
  • Office workers
  • Delivery drivers

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Course Content

  • Element One: Introduction to manual handling
  • Element Two: Health and safety legislation - Including the ‘Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR)’ and employees responsibilit
  • Element Three: Spinal awareness and safe lifting techniques
  • Element Four: Dynamic assessment (TILE)
  • Element Five: Efficient movement principles and practical work

Course Duration

Typical course length is between half a day and a full day, dependent on specific requirements. Courses range from awareness courses to more practical on-site training. 

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Course Assessment

Course assessment depends on whether the course is accredited or not. 

  • For the Highfield Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling - This qualification is assessed by a multiple-choice examination and a practical examination.
  • For the TSW certificated Manual Handling courses - There is no formal assessment. However, when working with our customers we often build in tailored assessment to test the practical application of knowledge and ensure that the learning objectives have been met.

Typical Manual Handling Course Objectives

For workers:

  • Understand what manual handling means and why it is important
  • Understand an employee's and employer's legal duties and responsibilities 
  • Describe the common causes of injury resulting from poor manual handling technique
  • Be able to carry out manual handling to the correct standard
  • Understand how to carry out an effective risk assessment for manual handling
  • Understand hazards and control measures that related to manual handling
  • Apply practical knowledge in workplace scenarios

For the employer:

  • Employees receive training that will meet the current legal and regulatory requirements
  • Can help your business to assess manual handling operations and implement risk reduction techniques
  • Can help to promote health and safety awareness amongst employees
  • Reduced frequency and severity of manual handling accidents through safer behaviours

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How often should manual handling training be given? chevron

There is no set requirement for manual handling refresher training.

However, it is widely recommended that refresher training is provided for an individual, either:

  • every three years or
  • any time there is a material change in work practices and systems of work that requires safe moving and handling of loads.