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Manual Handling Course

Our online Manual Handling Course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.  A 10 – minute practical assessment is then to be completed and is fully compliant with Irish legislation.

“Compliplus provide all the safety training for my company. The quality of training is excellent, the team are very responsive and I couldn’t recommend them highly enough!”

– Jenny Diamond, Down to Earth Electrical

Manual Handling Course Objective

 At Compliplus, we are a group of highly skilled and experienced safety consultants who are passionate about health and safety consulting. Our primary goal is to make workplaces safer through innovative solutions for organisations. Our health & safety processes are designed to complement your existing structures, not create new ones.

The objective of this Manual Handling course is to give trainees an understanding of “safe manual handling” principles and be able to implement the processes and activities required by legislation to remove or reduce risks relating to manual handling in the workplace. Manual Handling is defined as:

“Any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more employees and includes lifting,
putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving a load, which, by reason of its
characteristics or of unfavourable ergonomic conditions, – it involves risk, in particular the risk of back injury, to employees.”

Manual Handling Course Overview:

  • The Compliplus online manual handling course is written by a qualified Manual Handling Training Instructor.
  • Fully compliant training in respect of Irish legislation.
  • Engaging training, using graphics, pictures, live videos and narration to present the course in a clear and concise manner.
  • Can be completed in approximately 90 minutes online.
  • Verified training, as trainees must complete a multi-choice exam at the end of the online theory course.                                                                                      (20 questions requiring a score of 16 or more to achieve a pass mark)
  • Course modules can be repeated to ensure understanding.
  • Certification is valid for 3 years.

Who Is the manual handling course for?

Training in safe manual handling techniques should be provided to employees if deemed necessary by their assigned duties. In reality, most employees engage in manual handling to some degree as part of their normal work activities. As an employer you are responsible for
the health and welfare of your employees at work. It makes good business sense to protect your staff from risk of injury and by ensuring staff are trained in manual handling, mitigating potential liability in the case of a manual handling related injury.

Manual Handling Principles
Course ModuleLengthPass Rate
  • Why Manual Handling is important
5 Mins80%
  • Legislation Associated with Manual Handling
5 Mins80%
  • List Employer & Employee responsibilities and obligations
10 Mins80%
  • Various components that make up our Musculo-skeletal System which will include the structure of the spine
10 Mins80%
  • Various injuries associated with manual handling
10 Mins80%
  • Conduct a Manual Handling Risk Assessment & Safe Working Loads
10 Mins80%
  • Use of Mechanical Aids
10 Mins80%
  • List the causes of common back injuries
5 Mins80%
  • Demonstrate the safe manual handling process:
15 Mins80%
         a. Lifting a load from the ground and placing onto the ground
         b. Carrying a load
         c. Placing a load onto a bench and removing it from a bench
         d. Pushing and pulling a load
         e. Lifting a load with more than 1 person
  • Lifestyle issues relating to manual handling like exercise, nutrition & genetics
10 Mins80%
  • Practical Assessment
10 Mins100%
Compliplus Manual handling Certificate

Manual Handling Assessment & Certification

In accordance with Irish legislation a practical assessment must be completed by the trainee on successful completion of manual handling training. This is to ensure that the trainee has understood and put safe manual handling into practice.

In reality, this is a short assessment undertaken and signed off by a qualified Manual Handling Instructor. On completion of Compliplus online training, a Tutor will assess each trainee in person or via a video link to establish the trainee’s understanding.

Upon successful completion of the assessment the trainee’s certificate is made available for download. The manual handling training certificate last’s for 3 years.

Who Is the course for?

Training in safe manual handling techniques should be provided to employees if deemed necessary by their assigned duties. In reality, most employees engage in manual handling to some degree as part of their normal work activities. As an employer you are responsible for
the health and welfare of your employees at work. It makes good business sense to protect your staff from risk of injury and by ensuring staff are trained in manual handling, mitigating potential liability in the case of a manual handling related injury.

Legal Requirements

The primary Irish legislation covering manual handling in the workplace is within the Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007. This legislation, referred to as the Manual Handling of Loads Regulations 2007, outlines the duties of the employer including the requirement to avoid manual handling where possible, to carry out manual handling risk assessments, and to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries to
employees by implementing appropriate controls.

The main injuries associated with incorrect manual handling are:

  • Back strain and slipped discs
  • Hernias
  • Lacerations and crushing of hands and fingers
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Injured feet
  • Various sprains and strains

Benefits of Manual Handling Training:

In Ireland today manual handling injuries are one of the most common types of non-fatal injuries in the workplace. To help prevent manual handling injuries in the workplace, you should avoid such tasks as far as possible. However, where it is not possible to avoid handling a load, employers must look at the risks of that task and put sensible health and safety measures in place to prevent and avoid injury.

For any manual handling activity, you should take the following into account:

  • The individual’s capability – are they experienced and able to lift the load?
  • The nature of the load – is it unstable, hot or unwieldy?
  • The environmental conditions – is the work area clean and clear of any obstructions?
  • Training – have the people undertaking the lift received adequate instruction?
  • Work organisation – are there proper systems in place to conduct the lift safely?

For more information on manual handling requirements visit Health and Safety Authority of Ireland and read our blog the principles of manual handling

Testimonial

“Paddy goes above and beyond to enhance and complement the existing systems in our business thus causing less disruption to the day to day running of the business, his knowledge and experience ensure that we can be confident in the information he is giving us”

Myles Geraghty – Construction & Liason Manager – 08/10/2018