Manual Handling Basic

Manual Handling Basic

Please note: this is not suitable for people handling.
The Manual Handling Basic course is a half day course which is held publicly in the NISO Training Centre and also in-house by arrangement.
The course is certified by NISO.

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Staff engaged in manual handling tasks are required to receive training in assessment of loads and how to lift and handle loads safely.
There is a wide variety of manual handling tasks: our content may not cover all situations.
Our open course includes both instruction and practical training.

  • To Increase awareness of safe manual handling of loads and to reduce the risk of occupational injury while carrying out manual handling tasks in the workplace;
  • To identify the skills and techniques involved in safe lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or, moving a load;
  • To gain practice and gain feedback on these skills and techniques;
  • To comply with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, The Safety Health and Welfare at Work,(General Application) Regulations 2007.

Who should attend?
Any person who is involved in manual handling in the workplace and wants to learn how to conduct a personal risk assessment and move and handle loads safely.
Course Content

  • Introduction, Health and Safety Legislation, Injury profile
  • Workplace Hazards, Risks of Injury, Exposure Controls
  • Anatomy of Spine, Structure and Functions
  • Body Mechanics, Normal Movement, Dangerous Movement
  • Safe Manual Handling, Eight Principles of Safe Lifting, Theory, Practice
  • Injury Prevention, Exercise, Diet, Rest, Sleep. Sensitive risk groups

A practical and highly participative approach is used throughout the course. When theoretical material is introduced, it’s related to relevant manual handling tasks encountered by employees in the course of their work. The focus is on actual situations with realistic solutions.
Course Certificate / Validation
The certificate in Basic Manual Handling is valid for 3 years.
It is issued by an instructor who is registered with FETAC as a Manual Handling Instructor (link).
Course Duration
Half a Day

  • This course is taught and evaluated in English unless previously arranged.
  • A learner needs to inform NISO of any special needs when booking the course.
  • Learners are required to demonstrate lifting techniques: they must be physically capable of lifting in order to participate in the course.

Evaluation Methods
Participants will be required to undertake a written and practical exam.
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