Manual Handling


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.

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 –