17 January 2024
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the leading causes
of occupational ill health. Preventing new cases is a key priority
Poor manual handling is a major cause of MSDs and employers must
protect their workers from the risk of injury from hazardous manual
handling in the workplace.
This course will equip delegates with the knowledge to
recognise, assess and reduce manual handling risks in their
As well as providing an overview of the principles of manual
handling, this course will also guide delegates through the suite
of practical manual handling assessment tools developed by HSE,
showing how they can be used as part of the risk assessment
These include the Manual Handling Assessment Charts (the MAC
tool) and the Risk Assessment of Pushing and Pulling (RAPP)
Additionally, as part of the course, delegates will complete the
newly developed qualification, the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Manual
Handling Risk Assessment, which will allow them to formally
recognise their learning.
In the video below, Matthew provides further information about the
course content. Can't see the video? View it
Delegates will be provided with information that will help them
- Understand why manual handling should be avoided, the moral,
business and legal reasons for assessing and managing it and the
common types of injuries that arise
- Understand the risk factors associated with manual handling,
the application of HSE's manual handling assessment tools (MAC and
RAPP) and what makes a risk assessment suitable and sufficient
- Be able to explain what manual handling risks are and how they
may result in injury
- Know how to avoid manual handling risks with the use of
mechanical assistance and recognition of good handling
- Be able to explain the importance of reducing risks associated
with manual handling activities
- Understand their organisation's responsibilities in relation to
- Be able to apply wider elements of risk management for manual
What the course will cover
This course explains the principles of manual handling and
why reducing the risks associated with manual handling activities
is important, the most common types of injuries, the legal aspects
and the key risk factors. Delegates will study and use the manual
handling assessment tools developed by HSE, including the MAC and
RAPP tools. Delegates will learn how to control and reduce risk,
the key principles of good handling techniques and gain insights
from industry and case studies. At the end of the course, delegates
will undertake a formal assessment of the knowledge they have
gained, leading to a recognised qualification.
"Taking the positive, achievable steps covered in this
new qualification will help organisations prevent workplace MSD
injuries and reduce related ill health."
Matthew Birtles, Principal Ergonomist, HSE
Who should attend?
This course is suited to employers and employee representatives
who intend to begin the process of manual handling risk assessment
and control within their organisations. It will also benefit those
already involved in manual handling risk reduction who require more
formal or in-depth training in this subject, including the use of
specific manual handling assessment tools.
How is the qualification assessed?
A practical assessment is completed at the end of the course.
You will be asked to watch a video of a manual handling activity in
a workplace and then assess it using HSE tools and templates.
The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research
Centre in the spa town of Buxton.
Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links
to major roads and motorways, mainline train stations and
Manchester International Airport.
Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at www.visitbuxton.co.uk
£545 per person (includes NEBOSH registration fee, course
notes, lunch and refreshments).
Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit
card at the time of booking.
Some of our training courses can also be delivered
in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704
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