Manual Handling

What legislation covers manual handling?

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Applications) Regulations 2007, Chapter 4 of  Part 2, outline the requirements that must be adhered to in relation to manual handling. The key requirements include:

  • Carrying out a manual handling risk assessment of existing manual handling tasks before making an informed decision on what manual handling tasks need to be avoided or reduced.
  • Organising tasks to allow the use of mechanical or other means to avoid or reduce the need for the manual handling of loads by employees in the workplace.  The hazards can be avoided or reduced through the introduction of appropriate organisational measures for example improved layout of a work area to reduce unnecessary long carrying distances; or the use of appropriate means, in particular mechanical equipment
  • Providing instruction and training to relevant staff.

Course Rationale

Incorrect manual handling of loads is one of the most common causes of injury at work, accounting for nearly one third of all reported accidents. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Applications) Regulations (2007) were introduced to help minimise the risk from manual handling operations. A requirement of these regulations is that employees are suitably informed and capable of performing manual handling operations. This manual handling course covers everything your staff need to know to handle goods in the workplace in a safe and effective manner.

Our instructors are all certified to Level 6 QQI Manual Handling Standard.

Manual Handling Course Content:

  • Overview
  • Injury prevention, fitness
  • Your body, spine, postures
  • The law
  • Safe lifting techniques
  • Risk assessments
  • Demonstrations
  • Written & practical work


Upon successful completion of the course participants will be awarded a Manual Handling Certificate which is valid for 3 years and complies with all the requirements as directed by the Health and Safety Authority.

As a result, participants will be able to:

  • Have the required skills and techniques to carry out Manual Handling tasks competently to a recognised standard.
  • Possess the necessary knowledge to carry out a risk assessment prior to completing manual handling tasks.
  • Be aware of and have an understanding of the Ergonomic factors associated with their work activities.
  • Complete a series of exercises designed to improve strength, endurance and flexibility, the key components of physical fitness

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