Employers have a legal obligation under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 to make a sufficient and suitable assessment of the risk to employees from the manual handling of loads. This is a legal requirement and the Regulations must be complied with. The Regulations set out a hierarchy of measures that should be followed to reduce the risks from manual handling. These are set out in regulation 4(1) and are as follows;

  • avoid manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable,
  • assess the risk in any manual handling operations that cannot be avoided and
  • reduce the risk of injury so far as reasonably practicable

Our course will assist employers in their legal obligations by improving manual handling techniques, teach staff how to move and handle loads safely and be able to conduct a personal manual handling risk assessment.


  • manual handling risk factors and how injuries can occur;
  • how to carry out safe manual handling including good handling technique
  • appropriate systems of work for the individual's tasks and environment;
  • use of mechanical aids;
  • practical work to allow the trainer to identify and put right anything the trainee is not doing safely