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Manual Handling IIRSM Approved

Astutis' IIRSM Approved Manual Handling Training courses cover: The three key principles of manual handling (avoid lifting, assess the risks and reduce the risks of lifting), how to lift and stack, push and pull safely, the risks of manual handling, how mechanical aids might help a lift, the types of injury from lifting, the risks of a lift using TILEO as well as how to conduct a safe team lift.

We offer a range of tailored manual handling courses including: Safe Handling Techniques, Manual Handling Risk Assessment, Manual Handling Train the Trainer and Manual Handling for Assessors.

Assured by RoSPA Qualifications, guarantees you will receive industry-recognised training at the highest standard.

Our Manual Handling in Practice course is now available as an Online Course. Multiple user discounts are available upon request.


Learning Methods



Variable 1-5 days or 4-hours Online

Entry Requirements

Variable depending on the course.

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Why is dealing with manual handling important?

Manual handling tasks such as lifting, pushing and carrying heavy or bulky items have the potential to cause musculoskeletal (MSD) injuries to workers in the workplace.

They can occur almost anywhere in the workplace and heavy manual labour, awkward postures, repetitive movements of arms, legs and back or previous/existing injury can increase the risk.

To help prevent manual handling injuries in the workplace, employers must look at the risks of that task and put sensible health and safety measures in place such as manual handling training to prevent and avoid injury.

Our Manual Handling Online Course will help learners identify and correct unsafe manual handling conditions, preventing workplace injury.

For workforce training, whatever your industry, we offer physical on-site Classroom, Virtual and Online training to help your staff and teams stay protected.
Astutis Online Learning Academy: Take a look at our latest inside the Manual Handling Training Course video to discover how we deliver our modern interactive online experience.


  • Manual Handling Unit 1

    Manual Handling Theory

  • Manual Handling Unit 2

    Risk Assessment


  • For our Astutis' IIRSM Approved Online Manual Handing in Practice Course, the learner will be issued with an assessment form which is returned to Astutis and a qualified assessor will undertake the marking of the assessment.

Course Length

  • Manual Handling in Practice Online Course: 4-hours

    Manual Handling Safe Handling Techniques: 0.5-days

    Manual Handling Risk Assessment: 2-days

    Manual Handling for Trainers: 3-days

    Manual Handling for Assessors and Trainers: 4-days

Learning Methods

  • On-Site

    Professional HSE training delivered at your premises

  • Online

    Instant access with interactive study support 

  • Virtual

    Live-online, engaging and interactive classes

Manual Handling Unit 1
Manual Handling Theory
  • An overview of manual handling
  • Relevant anatomy and physiology
  • Manual Handling Injuries
  • Manual handling equipment and training
  • Manual handling in office environments
Manual Handling Unit 2
Risk Assessment
  • Relevant legal requirements
  • Manual handling assessment tools
Course Content
· Definitions
· Anatomy &

· Injuries and ageing
· Legal requirements
· Manual Handling equipment and training
· Assessment tools
· Manual handling in the office & home


IIRSM Approved Manual Handling Fact Sheet

The assessment consists of a written or online assessment, delivery of a training presentation if applicable and completion of a manual handling risk assessment in your workplace.
Once you complete the course, or completed a module, your tutor will issue you with an assessment or a practical assessment. 

Marking of the assessment and posting of the certificate take up between 2-4 weeks. A digital copy of the certificate is also available if required.
Upon successfully completing the Manual Handling Online Training course, you will receive a PDF certificate of completion that you can download and print for your records.

Each of our course modules contains multiple-choice questions and interactive exercises that you will need to complete in order to show your understanding of the material and pass the course.
Astutis' IIRSM Approved Manual Handling Training course, covers the following content:
  • Definitions 
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Injuries and Ageing
  • Legal Requirements
  • Manual Handling Equipment and Training
  • Assessment Tools
  • Manual Handling in the Office and Home Environment.

On completion of this Online Manual Handling Training course, learners will be able to:
  • Identify types of injury caused by manual handling.
  • Summarise the legal responsibilities for both the employer and employees.
  • Recognise the level and type of risk assessment required.
  • Complete a manual handling risk assessment.
  • Explain how to assess risk using TILE and application of the manual handling hierarchy of control.
The Manual Handling Online course takes approximately 7 hours.  Learning times may vary depending on your experience and preferred pace of learning. Each learner has 6 months access to the course material hosted at Astutis' Learning Management System (LMS).
Yes, Astutis' IIRSM Approved Manual Handling Online course is designed to allow you to learn at your own pace and is available 24/7. When you complete the online course you’ll have access to the ready to print digital certification.
Yes, manual handling training does expire. The exact duration before the training needs to be refreshed can vary depending on the country, industry standards, and specific organisational policies. Generally, Astutis s recommended that manual handling training be refreshed every year to ensure that employees remain aware of safe handling techniques and any changes in regulations or workplace practices. Regular refresher courses help reinforce safe practices and reduce the risk of injury. Employers should keep records of training dates and schedule periodic refreshers accordingly to maintain compliance and workplace safety.
Yes, manual handling training is generally compulsory in many industries to comply with occupational health and safety regulations. Employers are required to provide appropriate training to employees who are involved in manual handling tasks to ensure they understand the risks and know how to perform these tasks safely. The requirements for manual handling training can vary by country and region, but the underlying principle is to prevent workplace injuries and ensure the safety and well-being of employees. For instance, in the UK, under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR), employers must avoid hazardous manual handling tasks where possible and assess any unavoidable manual handling tasks. Training is an essential part of this process.

Taking a manual handling course offers numerous benefits for employees. Here are some key advantages: • Injury Prevention: Learn proper techniques to lift, carry, and move objects safely, reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries, such as strains, sprains, and back injuries.

  • Increased Awareness: Gain a better understanding of potential hazards associated with manual handling tasks and how to recognize and mitigate these risks.
  • Confidence and Competence: Feel more confident in performing manual handling tasks correctly, leading to improved job performance and efficiency.
  • Health and Well-being: Maintain better overall physical health by applying safe handling practices, leading to fewer days off work due to injury.
  • Compliance Knowledge: Understand the legal requirements and safety regulations related to manual handling, ensuring personal compliance and contributing to workplace safety.
Taking a manual handling course offers numerous benefits for employers. Here are some key advantages: • Reduced Injury Rates: Fewer injuries mean lower absenteeism, reduced medical costs, and fewer workers' compensation claims.
  • Enhanced Productivity: Workers who know how to handle materials safely and efficiently can perform tasks more effectively, improving overall productivity.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Ensures the organization complies with health and safety regulations, avoiding potential fines and legal issues.
  • Improved Workplace Safety Culture: Promotes a culture of safety within the organization, where employees are more aware and proactive about their own and others' safety.
  • Cost Savings: Lower injury rates and increased efficiency lead to significant cost savings in terms of medical expenses, insurance premiums, and lost productivity.
  • Employee Morale: Demonstrating a commitment to employee safety can boost morale and job satisfaction, leading to higher retention rates and a more positive work environment.
Manual handling training is a course designed to teach employees how to safely lift, carry, push, pull, and move objects by hand or bodily force. The goal of this training is to reduce the risk of injuries associated with manual handling tasks, such as musculoskeletal disorders, and ensure a safer workplace environment.
The RoSPA Course Assurance Certificate is a mark of assurance from RoSPA. It provides reassurance to Astutis learners, customers, and partners that our training programs are of an exceptional standard. The course assurance certificate gives confidence that:
  • The course content contains relevant information.
  • The course is pitched at the appropriate level.
  • The course meets the high standards for trainer competence and course quality.
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Develop your people for a better organisation

By applying the knowledge and skills gained from Manual Handling training  you will contribute to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.

Our training has been tried and tested by 100,000 health and safety professionals. We offer a range of learning options including virtual classroom, online and on-site classroom courses delivered at a premises of your choice at a time to suit your needs.

Benefits Of Staff Training At Your Organisation

Cost and time saving benefits for larger number of staff.
Your own dedicated account manager to organise all aspects of your training.
Relevant training for your staff can be tailored to company requests.
Choice and convenience of training delivery options to suit your staff.

Whats The Best Way For My Staff To Learn?

Dependent on staff availability, location, budget and your company needs, choose from the options:

Online - Our interactive and multimedia rich courses for staff to fit in around their commitments

Classroom - Expert tutor-led delivery, hosted in a professional training environment across 6-sites within the UK. Alternatively classroom training can be delivered on-site at your premises for multiple learners.

Virtual - The Virtual Learning Academy is the most modern approach to delivering live-online training without the need to travel

Workplace Training

Helping You To Train Your Staff

Independent and practical consultancy support provided by our Chartered Health and Safety, and Environmental practitioners.

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