Manual Handling

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Instant official Manual Handling certification in accordance with the legal requirements in place.

  1. Because we tailor our offers based on your needs and ensure you get the best out of them. How? by working on and providing you with a number of options that deliver great results in a timely manner and cost-conscious way
  2. We understand that with a busy work- and personal life it is tricky to squeeze in a training slot, which is why we have flexible hours, allowing you to book evening and weekend classes
  3. Not only that but we also pride ourselves on our very competitive prices. Don’t take our word for it! Have a look for yourself at the timetables bellow and be amazed by our tariffs
  4. We put quality at the heart of everything we do, which is why we are working with professional trainers who have a combined industry experience of over 35 years
  5. We also made sure you don’t need to wait for the results. On the last day of the course, you will be taking home your pass confirmation letter
  6. Finally, we work very hard on scheduling to ensure that everything runs smoothly. As a result, we never have and never will cancel a class.

Incorrect manual handling is responsible for more than a third of all workplace injuries that are reported to authorities each year.

If manual handling is not carried out properly it can have significant consequences on your health (musculoskeletal disorders), particularly if you carry out manual handling operations regularly.

Maintaining a healthy back is also vital in enabling you to meet the demands of your everyday responsibilities – at work, at home, and during your leisure time. This training equips you with all the tools you need to protect your back whilst conducting a wide variety of Manual Handling tasks.This course looks at safe moving and handling, the’LITE’technique (Load. Individual. Task. Environment.), and explains why safe workplace lifting is so important to your everyday health.

Effective Manual Handling Training can help in ensuring best practice and reduces the likelihood of injuries as a direct result of manual handling. Our IOSH Approved Manual Handling training is for all levels of staff that undertake manual handling operations and it takes just 35 minutes to complete.

Every employee in every company that regularly carries out manual handling should have effective Manual Handling Training and it doesn’t have to be boring, time-consuming or expensive! Just ask us for a free no-obligation trial today!

As an employer, you must protect your workers from the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling in the workplace. Manual handling means transporting or supporting a load by hand or bodily force. It includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving loads. A load can be an object, person or animal.

The law sets out how employers must deal with risks from manual handling:

  • avoid hazardous manual handling, 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 from hazardous manual handling to as low as reasonably practicable

The weight of a load is important, though the law does not set specific weight limits.

In some cases, you must provide information about the weight and position of the centre of gravity of each load, if there is a risk of injury and it is reasonably practicable to do this.

You can avoid hazardous manual handling operations by:

  • redesigning the task to avoid moving the load
  • automating or mechanising the process

The best time to decide about mechanisation or automation is when you design a plant or work systems. Design the layout of a process so there is very little movement of materials.

Consider introducing, for example, a conveyor, a chute, a pallet truck, an electric or hand-powered hoist, or a lift truck to reduce the risk of harm. Mechanical aids can also help reduce or eliminate risks from manual handling.

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

You should consider the task, the load, the working environment and individual capability, for example:

  • the postures adopted
  • how far the load is lifted, lowered or carried
  • the frequency of the task
  • the weight of the load
  • the nature of the load (for example hot, sharp or slippery)
  • cramped work areas
  • poor floor surfaces
  • poor lighting, extremes of temperature
  • workers’ strength, fitness and underlying medical conditions (for example a history of back problems)

Also, look out for:

  • workers breathing heavily and sweating
  • workers who complain of excessive fatigue
  • reluctance to do a particular task
  • the availability of equipment to help with the lift

Choose the right level of assessment for each task

Some tasks are low risk and don’t need formal assessment. There are simple filters to help you distinguish low-risk tasks from those which need a more detailed assessment.

We also have risk assessment tools to help you identify high-risk handling operations and prioritise action to control the risks:

  • the Manual Handling Assessment Charts (MAC) tool for lifting, carrying and team handling
  • the Variable Manual handling Assessment Chart (V-MAC) tool to help assess complex manual handling operations where load weights vary
  • the Risk Assessment of Pushing and Pulling (RAPP) tool
  • the Assessment of Repetitive Tasks (ART) tool if the task involves repetitive work using the upper limbs

Our detailed checklists (PDF)– Portable Document Format can help you assess the more complex lifting and carrying or pushing and pulling operations.

Consult your workforce

Consult and involve your workforce in your risk assessment. They and their representatives know the risks in your workplace and may have practical solutions. Operators can often tell you which activities are unpopular, difficult or hard work.

Measures to control risk will vary depending on the task. Reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling operations you can’t avoid. Where possible, provide mechanical help, for example, a sack trolley or hoist. Where this is not reasonably practicable, explore changes to the task, the load and the working environment.

If manual lifting is the only option then there are things you can do to reduce the risk, including:

  • make the load smaller or lighter and easier to grasp
  • break up large consignments into smaller loads
  • modify the workplace to reduce carrying distances, twisting movements, or the need to lift things from floor level or above shoulder height
  • change the work routine to avoid excessive work rates and tight deadlines
  • improve the environment – more space, better flooring, extra lighting or changing the air temperature can make manual handling easier and safer
  • make sure the person doing the lifting has been trained to lift as safely as possible

There is more information on manual handling risks and how to control them in our leaflet about manual handling.

Training can be important in raising awareness and reducing risk, but it won’t ensure safe manual handling on its own. You should first design the manual handling operations to be as safe as reasonably practicable. You should also monitor and review procedures to make sure workers understand and apply them.

Training should be relevant to the type of work carried out and should cover:

  • manual handling risk factors and how injuries can happen
  • how to use mechanical aids
  • how to carry out safe manual handling, including good handling techniques
  • systems of work relevant to the worker’s tasks and environment
  • practical work so the trainer can identify anything the trainee is not doing safely and put it right

The content of any training in good handling technique should be tailored to the tasks the workers carry out.

You may need to get professional help.

The law

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations require employers to avoid, assess and reduce the risk of injury from manual handling.

Our Manual Handling course tutors are excited to share their extensive knowledge of and experience in First Aid, Health and Safety, as well as in Construction and Risk Management. Each one of them has impressive certificates in different areas of Health and Safety, many of them provided by NEBOSH – the leading Health & Safety Award in the Construction Industry.

What is more, all our trainers have Level 5 or above teaching qualifications, which is above the level required in the industry.

  • Learn how to lift safely, using techniques such as ‘LITE’ and’TILE’
  • Learn how to carry out ‘LITE’ assessments to reduce the risk ofinjury
  • Learn how to correct bad postural habits and how to work in the ‘PowerZone’.

You will be provided with all the necessary books and course materials, that are yours to keep both during and after the training has ended. Although we are proud to be able to offer you these learning means as part of the price you pay for the course, keep in mind that other companies charge an extra cost for it. So, please do check with them to avoid unpleasant surprises.

  1. Are there any requirements to be able to enrol in this training?


  1. When are classes held?

Our classes mainly run from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Sunday.

  1. Can I pop in before signing up for a module?

Absolutely. We would love to have you at our office and answer any questions you might have. You can even have a chat with our trainers, should they not be busy delivering classes to other attendees.

  1. What do I do if I can’t visit but do have some questions to ask?

If you can’t come in it doesn’t mean that you can’t still ask as many questions as you need to. Please get in touch with our course administrators by EMAIL/PHONE CALL and they will be more than happy to assist you with your queries.

Cancellations can go both ways, from customers (you) to Cards4Jobs (us) and vice versa.

Cards4Jobs Cancellation

We solemnly promise that under no circumstances are our scheduled courses to be cancelled. If, however, the course happens to be cancelled due to events that are out of our control, such as public transport strikes or acts of God, our customers are to receive a full refund or a discounted course transfer that best suits their program.

Customer Cancellation

With Cards4Jobs you will benefit from the most flexible cancellation policy on the market. You will not find another company to look after your interests in case of cancellation as well as ours. You won’t be charged unfair fees for missing the training course due to out of your control circumstances.

In case you deliberately choose to cancel the course, you can do so by phone or e-mail. Our policy is:

You notify us 3 or more days before the course starts and we refund you 100% of what you have paid, no explanation needed. Other companies require a 7 or more days’ notice. But not us!

You notify us 2 days before the course starts and we charge you a 50% cancellation fee or re-book you on a convenient alternative date, with no cancellation fees applied. There’s no other company offering this service. Just us!

You notify us 1 day before the course starts and we charge you an 80% cancellation fee or re-book you on a convenient alternative date, with no cancellation fees applied. Again, you’ll find no other company as flexible as we are.

In the unfortunate case of no notice given before failing to attend on the day of the course, you will be charged a 100% cancellation fee. If you missing class was due to an unpredicted emergency and you can adequately prove it to us, we will show understanding and discretion and search a convenient alternative to re-book the class or even give you a full refund of what you have paid.

Note: A minimum of £100 is required from the customer when booking a course with us or full payment for courses that cost less than £100. Payments can be made in person, by telephone or by bank transfer.

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