Manual Handling Course

This Manual Handling Course will provide learners with the knowledge and skills to assess and lift loads within their own capabilities to minimise the risk of a back injury

Manual Handling Course

The Manual Handling Course can be tailored to suit individual workplaces. The course is highly interactive and involves both theory and practical sessions. The learner is assessed by the instructor in safe handling techniques and the principles of safe moving and handling.

Over 30% of accidents reported to HSA annually result from manual handling. 50% of people who are off work with back pain have a recurrence within one year. 5% of back pain injuries can lead to prolonged disability. It’s equally common among males and females.

The definition of Manual Handling can be found in Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007. Chapter 4 of Part 2: Manual Handling of Loads.

We also offer Public Manual Handling Courses in our training centre in Longford and online. Please note that the online course is an awareness course only,  you will also need further practical training, please get in touch with us to arrange this.

The Manual Handling Course can also be delivered which blended learning.

Course Aims

  • Learners will know the concept of manual handling
  • Inform learners of extent of back pain and its cause
  • Demonstrate learners how to lift and carry loads safely
  • To highlight measures to reduce manual handling through organisational solutions, such as reduced loads or assisted manual handling techniques and the use of mechanical devices

Course Objectives

  • Recognise unsafe and hazardous lifting situations
  • Carry out a manual handling risk assessment (TILE)
  • Understand and apply the 8 principles of safe lifting
  • Understand the relevant manual handling legislation in Ireland
  • Understand the basic anatomy of the spine
  • How to utilise measures to reduce common manual handling injuries in the workplace
  • To ensure employers are compliant with the relevant legislation

Who Should Attend This Course?

All staff who perform tasks involving manual handling at their place of work. Regulation 68 of the 2007 Regulations defines ‘manual handling of loads’ as:

‘any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more employees and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying, or moving a load, which, by reason of its characteristics or of unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of a back injury, to employees’

Pre-Course Requirements

  • English is the language in which training is delivered, and learners must have fluency in English
  • Please let us know if learners have any specific learner requirements
  • Learners should wear appropriate clothing for an interactive and practical course

Course Programme

  • Safety Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005
  • General Application Regulations 2007
  • Ergonomics
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Anatomy, structure & function of the spine
  • Posture
  • 8 principles of safe handling
  • Safe handling techniques
  • Maintaining fitness
  • Practical manual handling techniques
  • Practical test


All our tutors hold a minimum QQI Level 8 in their subject matter, a Train the Trainer QQI Level 6 or higher.

Training Methods

  • Classroom-based power-point presentation
  • Demonstration
  • Practice


Full participation in the course is required to receive certification


Upon successfully completing the Manual Handling Course, learners will receive a Phoenix STS Training certificate
The certificate will be valid for three (3) years

Maximum Number of Learners

As the Manual Handling Course is predominantly skill-based, it is limited to 12 learners


To allow adequate time for practice and demonstration with the skills modules of the course is 3 hours

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