MANUAL HANDLING INSTRUCTION Training Course
The Manual Handling Instruction or Manual Handling Instructor course, will equip participants with the knowledge, skill and competence to effectively design and deliver manual handling training in the workplace as a Manual Handling Instructor. Participants are trained in instructional skills techniques as well as the theoretical and practical aspects of manual handling. In addition, they will learn how to conduct manual handling risk assessments.
This course is popular with both professional trainers and large companies who require their own in-house trainer.
COVID-19 Advice to Employers Around Manual Handling Training
Health & Safety Authority:
“No exemptions or relaxation of the legislative requirements in respect of the statutory requirements under the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005 or it’s associated Regulations are in place at this current time, however, the Health and Safety Authority recognise this is a fluid situation, and we are keeping matters under review.
The Authority recognises that employers, as a result of national measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19, may find it challenging to source training courses or competent persons to provide the required training in the current circumstances. Notwithstanding any such difficulties, employers are reminded of their general duty to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the safety health and welfare at work of their employees and also others who may be present at the place of work. Employers are reminded of the need to take all measures, so far as reasonably practicable, to that end.
Employers need to take appropriate organisational measures or use the appropriate means to avoid the need for manual handling which involves risk. Where manual handling involves risk that cannot be avoided, employers need to take appropriate organisational measures, use appropriate means or provide employees with such means to reduce the risk involved.
Every effort should be made so far as reasonably practicable to continue to provide manual handling training for employees as necessary with particular consideration to be given to prioritising the delivery of training for those staff who are most at risk. Up to date public health advice on preventing the spread of COVID-19 will need to be taken account of when providing training. Detailed public health advice and information is available on the Department of Health, HSE and Health Protection Surveillance Centre websites.”
(Health & Safety Authority Website, 11th May 2020), VIEW.
Available as an Onsite Course
Available as a Public Course
This comprehensive Manual Handling Instruction course covers all the aspects of instructing in Manual Handling. This is an intensive and highly interactive course which will equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to effectively design and deliver manual handling training in the workplace and to become a manual handling instructor.
On completion of the Manual Handling Instructor course, participants will be able to:
- Assess the relevant danger or safety of manual handling tasks.
- Recommend preventative measures which can reduce the risk of injury.
- Lift and handle loads safely.
- Identify ergonomic risks and recommend control measures.
- Instruct others on the theory and techniques of safe manual handling.
- Legislation Requirements and Health Benefit
- Anatomy and Back Care
- Ergonomics Principles and Risk Assessments
- Manual Handling Principles and Techniques
- Planning and Design of Manual Handling Training Programmes
- Delivery of Manual Handling Training
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 & associated General Application Regulations 2007.
Regulation 68 of the 2007 regulations defines ‘manual handling of loads’ as: ‘any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more employees and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying, or moving a load, which, by reason of its characteristics or of unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of back injury, to employees.’
Regulation 69(a) of the 2007 Regulations
- Under common law the employer has duty of care to employees to provide:
- An employer must ensure that the workplace and environment of work are reasonably safe for the employee.
- An employer must ensure that the plant and equipment provided are safe and must also ensure that plant and equipment are maintained (e.g. inspection, tests must be undertaken as per manufacturer’s recommendations.
- An employer must ensure the system of work is safe.
- An employer must ensure that all employees are aware of their duties in relation to the safety, health and welfare of their colleagues.
Employers have duties imposed upon them to take appropriate measures or suitable means to avoid the need for manual handling of loads, example mechanical equipment. Manual handling often cannot be avoided, therefore, employers must look as measures to reduce the risk involved in the manual handling of loads.
A maximum of 12 participants can attend each Manual Handling Instruction training session.
The Manual Handling Instruction course is 5 days in duration.
On successful competition of the Manual Handling Instruction course participants will receive an Accredited Certificate. The certification does not have a definite expiry date. *
Participants are required to refresh their training by completing the manual handling instruction refresher course or relevant continuous professional development.*
The Manual Handling Instruction training course certification does not have a definite expiry date, but participants must keep their skills and competence up to date through relevant continued professional development (CPD).
- It is strongly recommend that participants complete either refresher training every 3-years.
If choosing the Manual Handling Instruction Refresher course route, It is best practice for the participant to complete the manual handling instruction refresher course every 3-years, but at least every 5-years (as after this point they wont be accepted onto the refresher course.
- Alternatively, continuous professional development (CPD) will be important for instructors to maintain their competence and to remain up to date with ongoing developments in the area of manual handling and people handling. CPD can take any form including attendance at conferences in the subject areas or other relevant training. There is no specific time period as to when CPD should occur. Typically CPD is ongoing.
Course Entry Requirements
There are no special entry requirements for participants associated with this course.
There are no special site requirements associated with this course.
Public Course Dates
Summary Of Assessments
This is a highly interactive course which includes: presentations by participants, practical flexibility and strengthening exercises, practical risk assessment workshops.
The course is assessed through skills demonstration/ presentation (60%), theory based written exam (20%)and assignment (20%), to be completed in participant’s own time.
The skills demonstration element will be completed and assessed during the course. During skills demonstration, candidates will be assessed in their skills in the following areas:
- Carry out a range of manual handling techniques and apply to manual handling tasks.
- Analyse learner’s performance of manual handling techniques.
- Give effective instruction in practical manual handling.
- Deliver effective presentation.
The theory based examination of approximately 90-minutes duration that assesses the participant’s ability to recall and apply theory and understanding, requiring responses to a arrange of short answer questions. Participants must achieve at least 16 correct answers to pass the assessment. Candidates will be required to complete the exam in writing or orally.
Participants will be given clear guidelines on how the assignment should be completed. The assignment must demonstrate the participants understanding of the course theory, ability to carry out a manual handling risk assessment, and discuss a case study or devise a lesson plan as a manual handling instructor. The assignment must be presented in written or type format. The assignment will be given to the delegates at the end of the course and must be submitted 2 weeks following course completion.
Grading: Pass 50-64% | Merit 65-79% | Distinction 80-100%
The Manual Handling Instruction Certificate does not have a defined expiry date but this doesn’t mean you don’t need to do a refresher course.