Manual Handling Awareness

Course Aims:

To ensure that organizations can prevent back injuries in the workplace

To ensure that organizations can meet their requirements with respect to manual handling assessments and training (including HSE recommended refresher training)

To change attitudes to manual handling within the workplace with a view to preventing back injury, repetitive strains and thereby reduce sickness absence.

The first half of the day will be an awareness session and the second half of the day will provide delegates with the skills to conduct formal written manual handling assessments.


Staff responsible for undertaking manual handling as part of their work will benefit from awareness training.

Staff supervising others who undertake manual handling will benefit from being able to undertake manual handling assessments as required by the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.

This training is appropriate to all industries where there regular manual movement of loads including lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying, moving or supporting.  This may include delegates from heavy industry, transport, logistics, chemical industry, food manufacturing, hotel management, retail, etc.

Course Objectives:

The objectives of the half day awareness training session are to:

  • Provide an understanding of the legislative and risk assessment requirements for manual handling
  • Show how the spine works, how to avoid damage to the spine and the effects of damage to spine and work related upper limb disorders
  • Demonstrate how lifting techniques and changed attitudes to lifting can reduce the risk of injuries

The objective of the further half day of assessor training is to ensure that delegates can go back to their organizations and confidently carry out a written manual handling risk assessments.

NB Delegates can attend the awareness session only if they wish


  • Manual Handling Legislation
  • Risk assessments
  • How the spine works
  • Exercise and how to prevent damage
  • Back injury causes and effects
  • WRULDs (Work Related Upper Limb Disorders)
  • Undertaking a Manual Handling Risk Assessment


Fiona Rogers is has been delivering a wide range of training for over 20 years.  Initially practical, vocational training skills and through natural progression developing and delivering courses in-house as part of her role in Human Resources Management within a plc.  Her remit expanded to include Health and Safety and she moved into Health and Safety training.  More recently she has worked as a Health and Safety and Personal Development trainer.  Her experience covers a wide range of industries and the public; private and voluntary sector.

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