Manual Handling

Manual handling includes the lifting, pushing, pulling and moving of objects. It is responsible for a significant number of workplace injuries every year, many of which involve long term chronic injuries which may go on to affect a person at work and home. Our in-house training courses seek to address these risks, helping you keep your employees safe at work.

Why Take a Manual Handling Course?

If you are unfortunate enough to suffer an injury at work, the chances are roughly one in four that it will be a back injury caused by trying to lift or carry a load which is too heavy or too awkward to move safely.

About a quarter of all accidents notified to the Health and Safety Executive every year are connected with the manual lifting of loads. Each year there are approximately 90,000 back injuries in Britain, resulting in the loss of millions of working days (and costing an estimated £60,000,000).

One important control measure to reduce the risk of injury to employees is training, both for the employees carrying out the lifting tasks, but also for those undertaking risk assessments and the supervision of such tasks.

How Our Courses Work

All our Manual Handling Course sessions contain a tutor presentation via laptop and projector on what manual handling involves, how injuries occur and how to avoid these injuries through safe handling techniques.

Our health and safety training is aimed at bringing the subject alive, with up-to-date practical examples of both good and bad practice to focus delegates on the action they can take to contribute to the safety of their work area and to protect them.

To check understanding and competency, delegates can also be given a short assessment to check their understanding of the critical issues; the employer can use this as evidence not only of training but also understanding.

Manual Handling – Employee

This practical half-day session covers the identification of manual handling-associated hazards, the anatomical system, manual handling injuries and their prevention, along with good lifting techniques and the use of handling aids.

Manual Handling Risk Assessment

We are able to offer two options for this one-day course:

  • The HSE Nebosh MH risk assessment course, which leads to a certificate in manual handling risk assessing on successful completion of the end assessment.
  • For those not requiring the certification, we run our own manual handling risk assessment course which takes delegates through the stages of a manual handling risk assessment. The course covers how to identify hazards and risk factors along with control measures. Additionally, the session introduces the range of tools available to assess manual handling and ergonomic tools.

Manual Handling Train the Trainer

This one-day course programme covers manual handling, legal requirements, the effects of good and poor manual handling techniques on the human body and the key requirements of a typical manual handling session. It will also cover presentation skills and give the delegates an opportunity to carry out a basic manual handling presentation.

Each delegate will be required to complete a presentation which will be reviewed by both the tutor and the other delegates to enable them to practice some of the tips and techniques covered during the session.

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An informative and interesting course, I have learned a lot and enjoyed the classroom activities. All trainers were great, helpful, enthusiastic, informative and friendly.


Richard was very informative amazing tutor for us to learn from, he was very inspiring!


Good and relevant information, Gary is an experienced and knowledgeable instructor.


An excellent course as always, I’m going to do the Environmental Diploma next


A brilliant course, Jackie is a great tutor able to gain attention and share her knowledge

Why Choose Cambridge Safety
  • Friendly, family-run business since 1998
  • Highly qualified and experienced tutors
  • Proven track record, with pass rates for NEBOSH courses well above the national average
  • Recognised as NEBOSH Gold Learning Partners
  • Courses can be tailored to suit your company’s precise requirements
  • Fully kitted out, purpose-built training centre available for use

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Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look at our FAQs below. Still can’t find the answer to your question? Visit our FAQ page or get in touch with us today.

Are you an approved IOSH training provider?

Yes, we are an IOSH approved training provider meaning you can rest assured that you are studying a high-quality, industry-recognised course.

Can I complete the NEBOSH Diploma in Health and Safety Online?

We currently do not offer this course online. However, we do offer distance learning options and classroom based sessions.

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