12 December 2023 - 13 December 2023
In 2020/21, nearly half a million workers suffered from new or
longstanding musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
As one of the leading causes of occupational ill health, preventing
new MSDs is a key priority for HSE.
Poor manual handling is a major cause of MSDs and this course will
equip you with the knowledge to recognise, assess and reduce manual
handling risks in your organisation.
As well as providing you with an overview of the principles of
manual handling, the course will also guide you through the suite
of practical manual handling assessment tools developed by HSE,
showing you how they can be used as part of the risk assessment
process. These include the Manual Handling Assessment Charts (the
MAC tool) and the Risk Assessment of Pushing and Pulling (RAPP)
Additionally, as part of the course, you will complete the newly
developed qualification, the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Manual
Handling Risk Assessment, which will allow you to formally
recognise your learning.
The course is delivered by Matthew Birtles, a Principal HSE
Ergonomist who specialises in MSDs and was part of the team that
developed the MAC and RAPP tools.
Matthew is also the principal developer of the NEBOSH qualification
and first started delivering manual handling training over 15 years
Sharing his many years' experience using the tools in industry
during site visits, Matthew also provides insight into what the
regulator will look for when it comes to the effective risk
management of manual handling.
In the video below, Matthew provides further information about the
course content. Can't see the video? View it
The course will cover:
- the principles of manual handling
- the most common types of injuries
- the legal aspects
- the key risk factors
- the manual handling risk assessment process (L23 and MAC)
- assessing risk of pushing and pulling using the RAPP tool
- the control and reduction of risk
- the key principles of good handling techniques
- insight from industry and case studies
- formal assessment of knowledge, leading to recognised
"Taking the positive, achievable steps covered in this
new qualification will help organisations prevent workplace MSD
injuries and reduce related ill health."
Matthew Birtles, Principal Ergonomist, HSE
Who should attend?
This course is suited to employers and employee representatives
who intend to begin the process of manual handling risk assessment
and control within their companies. It will also benefit those
already involved in manual handling risk reduction who require more
formal or in-depth training in this subject, including training in
the use of specific manual handling assessment tools.
How is the qualification assessed?
A practical assessment is completed at the end of the course.
You will be asked to watch a video of a manual handling activity in
a workplace and then assess it using HSE tools and templates.
Live Online Course Information
live online training courses are taught in real-time, allowing
you to have a direct dialogue with our experts, a high level of
interaction with the other attendees and lots of opportunities to
ask questions - just as you would in a real classroom.
All you will need is an internet-connected computer, laptop or
tablet with a webcam and microphone. Before you book, you can check
that you meet the
Zoom system requirements and run a diagnostic test to ensure the
software is compatible with your firewall settings.
£545 per person (includes digital training resources and
NEBOSH registration fee).
Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit
card at the time of booking.
Some of our training courses can also be delivered
in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704
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