Medway Safety Training Courses

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Principles of Manual Handling

This course is aimed at those who carry out manual handling activities at work and introduces students to the hazards of manual handling, the risks involved and controls available and what to expect from a manual handling assessment. Successful completion will prepare students to look carefully at their own work activities and contribute to the development of safer methods and tasks, in co-operation with their managers and supervisors.

Topic areas covered
estimated annual cost to society through accidents and ill health is £11 to £16 billion The process of manual handling in the workplace
25000 people are forced to give up work through injury Manual handling injuries and the activities which cause them
Uninsured losses amount to £315 per employee Manual handling assessment and control options
accidents account for 37% of profits Responsibilities imposed by the Manual Handling Operations Regulations
accidents account for 37% of profits Kinetic lifting (practical)

Target Audience
Operatives concerned with the lifting and carrying of materials as part of their day-to-day activities


On-site investigation To develop an understanding of the principles of manual handling, the potential for injuries and the preventative measures available.

Learning Objectives

On-site investigation To identify relevant manual handling situations in his or her own workplace.
On-site investigation To understand the causative factors behind manual handling injuries and the control measures that may be adopted to reduce the level of risk.
On-site investigation To create an awareness of the need for manual handling tasks to be assessed.
On-site investigation To understand the fundamental requirements of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
Course Duration

½ day (3 hours)


In-Company or Local Venue


Please telephone for details of future dates and venues


Attendees will be issued with a certificate of attendance.