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Manual Handling Workshop



This workshop will not only equip you with the knowledge to avoid, assess and reduce manual handling risks in your organisation it will also allow you to manage the legal risks / costs associated with the risk of injury from manual handling.


Many businesses assume that because they are primarily in an office or shop environment that the above does not apply to them, this is a dangerous misconception. There is evidence to support claims that physical injuries, back and spinal pain etc are caused by continual bad lifting, twisting and stretching and not by single trauma injuries.


Manual Handling... No Ifs.  No Buts.  It’s Mandatory.

Under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 2002, every business has a duty to:

  • Avoid the need for hazardous manual handling (so far as is reasonably practicable).

  • Assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling that can’t be avoided.

  • Reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling (so far as is reasonably practicable).


Employees also have duties too; as a guide 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 issues to minimise risk.

  • Inform their employer if they identify hazardous handling activities.

  • Take care to ensure that their activities are not hazardous to others.

Learning Outcomes

It is a legal requirement to avoid or assess and reduce as far as is reasonably practicable the risk of injury due to manual handling operations.


The Workshop will give you an understanding of the legal framework regarding manual handling activities.


The Workshop will give you information on how to reduce the risk of injury to yourself due to manual handling operations in your working environment.


The Workshop will equip you with the knowledge to help recognise, assess and reduce manual handling risks in your organisation.


Thus reducing the risks of costly, stressful accidents, promote a safe working environment and culture, encourage teamwork and improve staff morale.

Who should attend?



All managers and employees.

Agenda ( Half-day Workshop )


The legal position concerning manual handling operations in the workplace.

  • Team exercise: Why must employers and employees take manual handling seriously?

    • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

    • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

    • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 as amended in 2002.

    • Duties of employers and employees.


  • The key principles of manual handling.

    • Manual handling operation definition.

    • Manual handling inclusions.

    • What defines a load?

  • Understanding injuries.

    • Team exercise: What can cause manual handling accidents?

    • The structure of the back.

    • How the back works.

    • Actions that could lead to damage to the back.

  • Common types of injuries.

    • Single episode v cumulative.

    • Frequent types of injury.

  • Ways of reducing the risk of injury.

    • Indicators of manual handling problems.

  • The key principles of good handling techniques.

    • Lifting.

    • Carrying.

    • Pushing.

    • Pulling.

    • Teamwork.

  • The control and reduction of risks.

    • What employers need to do.

  • Risk assessments.

    • Initial manual handling risk assessment filter.

    • 5 Steps to a risk assessment.

Ergonomic approach:

  • Team exercise: Using the ergonomics approach delegates are asked to list the factors they need to consider that affect the manual handling operations in their workplace.

    • The Task.

    • The capabilities of the Individual.

    • The Load.

    • The Environment.

    • Need for handling aids and equipment.

    • The work organisation.

    • The need for appropriate personal protective equipment.

Practical element:  Delegates are able to demonstrate their understanding of correct lifting and carrying techniques.


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