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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.

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

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

    Safe Handling Techniques

  • Manual Handling

    Risk Assessment

  • Manual Handling

    For Trainers

  • Manual Handling

    For Assessors and Trainers


  • Depending on the course, the assessment may be a written test, a practical assignment or a detailed presentation. 

    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 assessments.

Course Length

  • Manual Handling in Practice Online Course: 7-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
Safe Handling Techniques The aim of the half-day course is to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to apply safe handling techniques when pulling, pushing and lifting, to avoid the risk of injury to yourself or others.
Manual Handling
Risk Assessment This short two-day course is for anyone who has to carry out manual handling risk assessments in the workplace. On successful completion of the course, you will be able to carry out a manual handling risk assessment in line with the requirements of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations and its associated guidance.
Manual Handling
For Trainers This four-day course is suitable for managers, safety representatives, or anyone who may teach or risk assess manual handling, or have management responsibility for those who do. Before attendance you should have attended a manual handling course or have experience of correct manual handling techniques.
Manual Handling
For Assessors and Trainers This three-day course is suitable for managers, safety representatives, or anyone who may teach or risk assess manual handling, or have management responsibility for those who do. Before attendance you should have attended a manual handling course or have experience of correct manual handling techniques.
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 assesment. 

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.
Workplace Training

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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