Manual Handling Instructors Course

Our manual handling instructors course covers the following the topics:

Legal Aspects

  • Statutory and Common Law
  • Implications of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
  • Implications of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulation 2007

Manual Handling Regulations

  • Duty to avoid manual handling where possible
  • Risk reduction and assessment when manual handling is unavoidable
  • The duty to provide training and information to employees

Demonstration of manual handling training session

  • Review of Legislation
  • Danger of careless work materials
  • Principles of levers and the law of motion
  • Anatomy of the spine
  • How to protect your back


  • Lifting / Pushing / Pulling Assessing participants

Practical- Dealing with different types of load

  • Lifting from the floor
  • Lifting from the table
  • Lifting from low to high
  • Handling sacks and drums
  • Pushing and pulling

Ergonomics and Manual Handling Risk Assessment

  • Introduction to Ergonomics and Anthropometrics
  • Review of Part 2, Chapter 4 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007
  • Ergonomic Assessment and Auditing Techniques
  • Reduction of Risks
  • Case study and Assessment
  • Checklist for Manual Handling Assessment

Train the Trainer Module

  • Theory / Practical

Working physiology

  • How various parts of the body function when lifting, pushing and pulling
  • The energy required to do certain tasks
  • The effects of carrying out a heavy task e.g. lifting

Fitness and Flexibility

  • Flexibility as a basic requirement in the prevention of injury
  • Physical capabilities


  • The mechanics of bodily movement
  • Principles of levers
  • Muscle action

Examples of Lifting and Moving Techniques

  • Identifying the main risks associated with manual handling operations
  • Developing lifting and moving techniques to overcome the identified risks


  • Structure and functions of the spine
  • How different postures can adversely effect the spine

Instructional Skills

  • What makes us learn
  • Teaching Strategies
  • How to structure a training module
  • Use of learning aids and other support materials

Presentation By Participants on Manual Handling modules

  • Assessment of Instructional Skills
  • Written Examination
  • Practical Assessment


Participants are examined by means of a written examination. Participants are also required to prepare and deliver a short presentation.