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Manual Handling

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To comply with legislation, staff engaged in manual handling must be given training in the safe handling of loads.

This half-day course instructs employees in the theory and practice of safe manual handling.


On completion of the course, participants will be able to competently:

  • Assess manual handling tasks
  • Understand the limitations of the spine and muscular system
  • Lift and handle loads safely

Course Content

  • Dangers of careless and unskilled methods
  • Principles of levers and laws of motion
  • Anatomy of the spine and muscular system
  • How the body is harmed through incorrect handling techniques
  • How to handle loads safely
  • Practice in safe handling of loads:

–   Lifting to and from ground level

–   Lifting to and from a height

–   Pushing

–   Pulling

–   Lifting bags/sacks

–  Team Lifting (as appropriate)

Methods of Training

This course combines lecture methods with “hands-on” practical work using different types of materials in various workplace settings.