Manual Handling

This section of the website seeks to give practical guidance on the Manual Handling of Loads Regulations, which form part of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

There are four key requirements:

  • Avoidance of Manual Handling
  • Reduction of Manual Handling
  • Risk Assessment of Manual Handling Tasks
  • Provision of Instruction and Training for relevant employees

Traditionally, in Ireland, there has been an over reliance on the provision of training in correct manual handling as the only means of reducing the risk of injury.

Current scientific evidence now tells us that training interventions, predominantly based on technique training, have no impact on work practices or injury rates (Hignett 2003).


Manual Handling is a physical activity that takes place in every workplace, and in some cases the activity does not pose a problem. However, it can be a potential workplace hazard when an employee, for example, is required to handle heavy loads, which could result in a back injury.

It will be necessary for us to carry out an initial status review (ISR) risk assessment, free of charge, of existing manual handling tasks and techniques in your workplace before making an informed decision on which manual handling tasks need to be avoided or reduced. Employers must then take the necessary steps to avoid or reduce the risk of injury. So unlike most, if not all of our competitors, we provide a sector-specific manual handling course relevant to your line of work.

Course Objectives:

  1. Provide the learner with the knowledge and understanding of the principles of manual handling
  2. Give the learner the skills and attitude to demonstrate competency in safe manual handling tasks

Course Modules

  1. Definition of Manual Handling
  2. Legislative Requirements
  3. Anatomy and Backcare
  4. Fitness & Flexibility
  5. Biomechanics
  6. Risk Assessment and Ergonomics
  7. Safe Lifting Principles and Procedures
  8. Written and Practical Assessments
Course Duration: 3–4 hours
Course Participation: Maximum of 12

Certification & Price:

Successful participants will be issued with a recognised manual handling certificate which is valid for 3 years.
€350 for group of up to 12 or €65 per person

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