Manual Handling - UK

  • 5 topics | 25m 1s
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Manual handling of loads accounts for a significant percentage of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. It's important to know how to handle heavy loads correctly to avoid injuring yourself or others. In this course, you'll learn why good manual handling practices are important. You'll learn general ways to protect your back and muscles at work, how to recognise potentially problematic loads, and how to lift loads correctly to prevent injury. You'll also learn about different types of controls for preventing injuries when handling manual loads. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by New Level Safety Limited, a professional services company specializing in corporate health and safety management. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.


  • recognise the causes of injury arising from manual handling
  • identify general ways to protect your spine and muscles at work
  • recognise factors that make loads problematic to handle
  • recognise the correct lifting technique
  • identify control measures for preventing musculoskeletal injuries when manually handling loads


  • Benefits of Good Manual Handling Practices
  • Protecting Your Spine and Muscles
  • Recognising Problematic Loads
  • Correct Lifting Technique
  • Controls for Preventing Injuries When Handling Loads