Course Details

Manual Handling Risk Assessment

Who should attend?

Members of staff who are newly appointed as departmental manual handling assessors or individuals requiring refresher training.

Course Details

Manual handling and lifting operations are common throughout the University and the majority of University staff will routinely engage in some form of lifting or manual handling in the course of their work. University Policy Statement S7/99 requires departments to have trained assessors for manual handling and lifting tasks. Where manual handling cannot be eliminated, these individuals should undertake the necessary risk assessments and ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place to minimise any residual risk of injury.

However, accident statistics continue to suggest that these manual handling assessments are either not being undertaken or are not being reviewed regularly. The Safety Office is therefore offering a training course in manual handling risk assessment.

This session examines the manual handling assessment process in detail, and is therefore targeted at manual handling assessors. It would be appropriate for any newly-appointed manual handling assessors (or those who feel they require refresher training) to attend both an introductory and assessment session. Places on the introductory course should be booked separately.

The session is interactive and therefore the number of places will be strictly limited. Departments are asked to review their current arrangements for manual handling assessment, to identify any training needs and ensure the relevant individuals attend the appropriate course. Any booked delegate who is subsequently unable to attend for any reason is asked to inform the Safety Office, at the earliest opportunity, so that their place may be offered to another individual.

The following topics are covered during the session:

  • Legal requirements
  • Anatomy of the spine
  • Typical injuries and causes
  • Examples of bad practice
  • Principles of safe lifting
  • Risk factors
    • Task
    • Load
    • Environment
    • Individual capability
  • Control strategies
  • Risk assessment


There are currently no scheduled dates for this course.

For further information contact Safety Office.