The Importance of Manual Handling Training

Manual Handling Training is extremely important in any workplace.


Manual HandlingManual handling seems such an innocent term, describing a seemingly harmless action. Yet without proper training, this can lead to a variety of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

HSE have stated that manual handling causes over a third of all workplace injuries, currently affecting one million people every year. This has a major impact on all workplaces and it is estimated that around 8.3 million working days are lost annually due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

MSDs affect the muscles, joints, tendons and other parts of the musculoskeletal system, causing pain and damage in the arms, legs, back, shoulders and neck as well as a variety of repetitive strain injuries.

Such injuries are easily sustained when using poor manual handling techniques and these can be life changing in their severity.

The regulations set out clear measures for dealing with risks from manual handling. Employers must provide and maintain a safe working environment and safe systems of work. They have a duty to:

• Avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable

• Assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided

• Reduce the risk of injury so far as is reasonably practicable

• Provide the necessary information, training and supervision


We can provide Manual Handling Training to assist with this – either at our Training Centre in Denny or on-site at your premises.

To view a copy of our course syllabus, click here.


Think Safe – Be Safe!