Manual Handling Training

Manual Handling Training Courses

Introduction to our manual handling training course

Our Manual Handling Training Course has been designed by our experts at Browns Safety to minimise injury amongst workers by teaching the proper techniques for lifting or carrying loads at work. Manual Handling is amongst the most universal of any of the safety courses we offer here at Browns. The risk of injury in lifting and carrying objects is one that’s frequently underestimated, and the skills that candidates will learn are applicable across almost any sector or industry.

We do have open courses running in Heywood in Lancashire & Brighouse in Yorkshire for single numbers. If these areas are suitable, please contact us on 01282 615517.

Key facts from the HSE about manual handling injuries in the UK in 2015/2016

  1. There was 621,000 estimated non-fatal injuries to workers reported.
  2. There were 122,000 injury cases reported as a result of handling, lifting or carrying.
  3. Accidents relating to handling accounted for 40% of all self-reported non-fatal injuries to workers.
  4. There were 144 fatal injuries reported of which 2% were accounted for by handling accidents.
  5. 7% of specified injuries to employees are accounted for by handling, lifting or carrying accidents.

What are the objectives of the training?

In accordance with all similar courses that fulfil part of every employer’s statutory health and safety requirement, this course is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible; communicating key information that is equally applicable to all working sectors, age groups and professional specialities.

Candidates will complete the course with a full understanding of the practical techniques involved in lifting, handling and moving objects, and be able to successfully identify potential hazards, reducing the chance of injury. Meanwhile, senior management and supervisors will be able to make accurate assessments on the safety of the manual handling techniques in use by their workforce. All parties will also understand all relevant regulations involved.

Which candidates is the training suitable for?

Our expert guidance has been developed to be universal and accessible for as many professionals as possible, including employers, mid and top-level managers, and individual employees, whatever their specific area of expertise. Our instructors will also cover the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, which lay out the guidelines for the full range of manual handling activities (including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying).

The loads that candidates will learn to handle can be inanimate – such as a box, pallet or trolley – or animate, such as a person or animal. This is one of Browns Safety’s Half-Day courses, which means that it will run for no longer than 4 hours.

manual lifting

  • Introduction to Manual Handling
  • Safely lifting and carrying
  • How to avoid injury and strain
  • Manual Handling risk assessments
  • How risk assessments apply to you
  • Lifting and carrying in special situations
  • How to recognise and avoid developing hazards
  • Responsibilities of employers and employees


How long will the course last?

This is one of our Half-Day courses here at Browns Safety, which means it will be a maximum of four hours. This also means that you have the option to combine it with your choice of another Half-Day course.

You can take your pick from the following in-house courses:

What tests will I undertake?

As part of the course, all candidates will complete a lecture and full theory assessment.

What do I need to bring with me?

You don’t need to bring anything but yourself – the course is all theory.

Will I need to have any previous experience?

No; the course will provide you with a basic understanding of the topics.

Will I receive a certificate?

Yes – all candidates who pass the course will receive a certificate of training in safe manual handling, which is valid for 3 years.

How many candidates can be trained in a single session?

We can train a maximum of 12 candidates per session.

Where is the training carried out?

We’re able to provide on-site training (at your premises) for a minimum of six candidates, and have open courses running in both Heywood in Lancashire and Brighouse in Yorkshire for single numbers. If either of these areas are suitable, you can contact us on 01282 615517. With Browns Safety, we always guarantee that your operatives will receive the highest level of training.

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