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Manual Handling

About the course

This is a fully online course and requires access to an internet enabled computer or tablet. Once students receive the log in details for the programme then they can complete the course at any time and the certificate can be printed off at the end of the course. The course consists of a series of short training units followed by a quiz. The quiz can be retaken if it is not achieved at the first attempt.

For both employers and employees, our manual handling training course provides the trainee with the legislative understanding and practical knowledge required to ensure manual handling requirements are met and injuries from incorrect handling procedures are avoided.

According to the HSE, manual handling is responsible for over 1/3 of all workplace injuries; and in 2018/19 almost 7 million working days were lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders alone.

This includes both short-term injuries from accidents, sprains, strains, and chronic disorders arising from incorrect handling techniques. Injuries and ill-health cost businesses around £3 billion a year, of which the lack of adequate employee manual handling training is a large cause of this.

Entry Requirements: This course is available to all individuals with an internet enabled tablet or computer. The training and assessment is only available in English.

Certification: This course is certified by the CPD certification service.

Course Units:

Manual handling regulations – Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) and what it entails.

Problems with manual handling – Identifying issues, and best practice in dealing with them.

Spinal injuries – Main causes of spinal injuries and how these can affect a worker in the long-term. How to avoid injury and put less stress on your body.

The mechanics of manual handling – How the technique used when lifting a load affects your body; for example, stress distribution and balance.

Risk assessing an unavoidable lift – Evaluating risks and identifying control measures before a lift.

Correct policies and procedures for safe lifting – Assessing the load for size and weight, and adjusting technique to reduce or avoid strain.

Applying a ‘basic method’ to a lift


All applicants must complete fire awareness before they can access any further courses. The fire awareness course is free with the first course booked per applicant and must be repeated annually with new bookings. 1 booking = 1 course (regardless of whether this is multiple individuals on one course or one individual on multiple courses.

To book multiple courses please complete the Business Course Booking form. This can be requested through adultskills@myerscough.ac.uk.

Number of bookings per application (business or individual) - Cost

1 - £12

2-9 - £10

10-49 - £8

50+ - £6

Discount is applied per booking and not per company, for example a company/individual booking 15 candidates/courses will pay £8 per course. If they subsequently book a further 6 places, they will pay £10 per course.

Progression: Please see the industry short online training section of the Adult Skills website for our full training offer.

How to Apply:

To apply for this programme, please complete the on-line application form using the links on the right of the factsheet on the website. Alternatively, printed application forms are available from Adult Skills:


Myerscough College, St Michaels Road, Bilsborrow, Preston. Lancashire, PR3 0RY

Telephone: 0800 652 5592

Email: adultskills@myerscough.ac.uk

Website: www.myerscough.ac.uk/shortcourses

Please note that the information provided in this fact sheet was accurate at the date of publication. However, programmes of study are continually being modified and information is therefore subject to change.

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Booking Forms

If you are booking courses as an individual please book and pay through the online system linked to each course website.

If you are booking any courses for multiple employees or are submitting a company booking please use this form.

If you are booking multiple 'Online Short Industry Courses please use this booking form.