Manual Handling Awareness Course

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  • Assured by RoSPA Qualifications
  • Certified by CPD
  • Audio voiceover
  • Approximate course duration of 2 hours
  • Downloadable certificate on completion

This Manual Handling Awareness course provides learners with the knowledge they need in order to reduce the chance of incurring an injury whilst manually handling loads in their work environment.

Employers are required by law to take reasonable steps to safeguard the health and safety of all employees.  This includes raising awareness about the hazards related to manual handling, and outlining what can be done to minimise risk.

This Manual Handling online training only provides awareness education. Face to face training would be needed in addition in order to complete the all-round skills and knowledge to be able to carry this forward practically in your organisation.

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Who is Manual Handling Awareness training for?

All employers need to comply with the risk assessment requirements set out in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and they need to carry out a risk assessment on manual handling tasks as specified in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.

Manual Handling Certificate

When do I get my Manual Handling Awareness certificate?

When you have successfully passed the online course you will be able to download and print your certificate straight away.

All of our courses conform to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and are accredited by the CPD Certification Service.

This Manual Handling Awareness course is also assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System, as providing up-to-date, quality and content-approved training.

Your certificate will include both logos, therefore you can use it to provide evidence for compliance.

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What does the Manual Handling Awareness course cover?

The online course contains the following 9 topics:

1 – What is Manual Handling

The first topic is an introduction to manual handling. The topic identifies common manual handling activities and injuries. You will learn about the frequency and causes of manual handling injuries. The topic outlines legislation that aims to reduce manual handling injuries in the workplace.

2 – The Musculoskeletal System

The second topic is about the spine, how it works and what can go wrong. You will learn about the parts of the spine and how discs absorb shock. The topic explains the action of the facet joint and how injury can occur. It also covers the causes of musculoskeletal disorders, how to avoid them and what to do if you suffer a manual handling injury.

3 – Controlling the Risks

The third topic explains how to control the risk of manual handling injury. It also covers the most common cause of trips and falls and how to avoid them.

4 – Relative Weight Increase

Topic 4 outlines the factors that determine whether you can lift a load safely. You will learn about relative weight increase and how risk changes depending on how you carry a load.

5 – Preparing for the Lift

Topic 5 is about preparation. You’ll learn how to assess the risks, check routes, and consider travel distance and height. The topic also explains when to use PPE and mechanical aids, and when to get help from another person.

6 – Lifting Technique

Topic 6 is about how to lift, carry and place a load safely. You will learn more about common causes of manual handling injuries.

7 – Pushing and Pulling

Topic 7 is about pushing and pulling. It covers accidents caused by pulling and pushing, and how to push a load safely. You will learn about what happens if you overload a trolley and what to do if equipment is faulty.

8 – Handling in Restricted Spaces

Topic 8 explains risk due to restricted movement and working when seated.

9 – Psychosocial or Non-Physical Risk Factors

The final topic is about psychological risk factors. You will learn about how these factors increase risk and how to reduce that risk.


Once you have completed the nine topics, you will be allowed to take the assessment. The course generates an assessment from question banks so that the questions change each time a candidate takes the assessment. This makes the training suitable for initial and refresher training.

There is no limit on the number of attempts at the assessment. In addition, the training course gives useful feedback so candidates can learn from incorrect responses.

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