Manual Handling in the Workplace

Heartbeat First Aid Training Centre

First Aid Training in Kent, London, Surrey and Sussex

Centre No. S23120

Manual Handling in the Workplace

  • The Manual Handling course is intended to provide students with an understanding of how to safely handle loads.
  • It covers practical aspects of lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing and pulling loads.
  • It also provides information on the human spinal system, risk assessment, the legal responsibility of employers to their employees and techniques for the prevention of accidents. 


The course involves knowledge development, and a series of practical exercises, followed by scenarios that allow the students to put their skills into practise.


Course Content

  • The Spine
  • Common Injuries
  • The Law and Manual Handling
  • Assessing the Task
  • Good Lifting techniques
  • Practical Development
  • Lifting Boxes.
  • lifting Sacks
  • Pushing and pulling
  • Unusually shaped objects
  • Teamwork
  • Using Lifting Aids
  • Guidelines for Manual Handling
  • Risk Assessment
  • Additional factors
  • The Role of  Managers
  • In the Event of an Accident
  • Scenarios


Min age 16yrs, no prerequisite qualification required.

Course Duration

3-4 hours.


Wall certificate.

Manual Handling Refresher Course

Manual handlers should keep their skills current by refreshing their skills at regular intervals. Manual handlers may refresh their skills by completing the Risk Assessment / Legal Knowledge Development portions and the Practical Development portion of the Manual Handling course in order that they stay informed of any changes to the legal guidelines.