Manual Handling

$20.00 = 1yr access & certificate

This Manual Handling Online Training course provides the knowledge staff need to perform lifts safely.

Duration | 45 minutes



Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are the single largest category of workplace injuries. That is over a third of the million plus nonfatal injuries and illnesses that occur in US workplaces each year. With an average direct cost of almost $15,000 per MSD, such injuries cost US businesses $50 billion. Indirect costs can be up to five times higher.

The main cause of MSDs in the workplace is incorrect manual handling.

Manual handling of loads is the transporting or supporting of a load by one or more employees that includes lifting, putting down, pulling, carrying or moving a load which, by reason of its characteristics or unfavourable ergonomic condition, involves risk, particularly of back injury, to employees.

Effective training can improve manual handling technique thereby reducing the risk of staff incurring an injury in the workplace.

 And yet, with effective training, these MSDs are easily avoided. 

In this training course we will look at some general information surrounding manual handling at work so you can learn how to lift safely.

Manual Handling Course Objective

Improve manual handling techniques thus reducing the risk of injury and chronic back pain from repetitive lifts.

Learning Outcomes

Learners will develop their basic physiology of the human body to better understand the most common causes and symptoms of manual handling injuries. They will learn how to undertake a manual handling risk assessment before exploring how to conduct safe lifts (including; team lifts, pushing & pulling, lifting from heights), as well as how to use common mechanical aids.

Manual Handling Course Content

Module 1 | Introduction

What is manual handling, Risks of poor manual handling practices, Duties of employer, Duties of employee

Module 2 | Physical Concerns

Understanding the musculoskeletal system, Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), Preventing MSDs

Module 3 | Risk Assessment

What is a risk assessment, Use of the TILE template, Action plan for risk assessment, Good housekeeping for safety

Module 4 | Safe Lifting Techniques

For carrying, For lifting, Lifting from height, Advantages of pushing, Conducting a team lift


Manual Handling Certificate


On successful completion of this online Manual Handling course, candidates are emailed their echo3education completion certificate.  This requires an 80% pass mark in the final 20 question assessment

The final assessment can be retaken as often as required.  A posted version of the certificate can be purchased here.


OSHA recommend the most effective way to reduce the risk of MSDs is to engineer workplace solutions so no lifting is required.  For example supplying staff with trollies to move items.

Where engineered controls are not possible in all situation providing staff with manual handling training so they

In the United States

Manual Handling injuries can happen in all manner of ways.   Perhaps the weight was surprisingly heavy or a repetitive lift resulted in a progressively worst condition.  It could even be a trip due to obscured vision.

In the US manual handling injuries are still all too common.

Manual handling should not have happened because equipment and training.


Further Information

Overview of Controls for MSD Hazards –