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This course has been designed to equip participants with the knowledge and practical skills to complete unavoidable manual handling activity in a correct and safe manner. Participants will learn to recognise the risks involved and decide the best way to complete various tasks to avoid injury and keep their back healthy. For employers, training staff in safe manual handling techniques, ensures compliance with Health & Safety legislation and will reduce the risk of injury and working days lost. Manual handling training is also important for agency staff, casual labour and even those on work experience and internships.

It is a requirement of the Health & Safety Authority that Manual Handling Training at workplace level should be delivered by a FETAC/QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor.

Please note that this course is not suitable for work which involves Patient Moving and Handling.

Course Content/Topics Covered

  • Introduction to safer manual handling & relevant legislation
  • Overview of the anatomy of the spine and muscular system
  • Dangers of using incorrect manual handling techniques
  • Fitness & Flexibility for Work
  • Ergonomics & Risk Assessment
  • The principles of safe lifting
  • Practical sessions applying techniques learned
  • Other organisation-specific lifting tasks

Training Methodology

Our approach to delivering training in manual handling is to blend classroom based presentation with practical demonstrations in a relaxed and interactive atmosphere. Participants will be given the confidence to apply what they have learned to their own working environments by participating in practical exercises during the course.


Each participant will be assessed on their practical manual handling techniques. A completed manual handling assessment form for each participant will be supplied to their employer. In order to receive certification for manual handling, all learners must successfully complete both the theory and practical components of the course.


Successful completion of this course leads to the awarding of an Order of Malta Ireland certificate in Manual Handling which is valid for 2 years.

Course Ideal for

  • Employees across all sectors
  • General Public
  • Agency staff

No. of Participants

Maximum of 12 learners per class


This course can be provided onsite or at our Training Centre.