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NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Manual Handling Risk Assessment

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11 December 2024 - 12 December 2024


Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the leading causes of occupational ill health. Preventing new cases is a key priority for HSE.

Poor manual handling is a major cause of MSDs and employers must protect their workers from the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling in the workplace.

This course will equip delegates with the knowledge to recognise, assess and reduce manual handling risks in their organisation.

As well as providing an overview of the principles of manual handling, this course will also guide delegates through the suite of practical manual handling assessment tools developed by HSE, showing 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) tool.

Additionally, as part of the course, delegates will complete the newly developed qualification, the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Manual Handling Risk Assessment, which will allow them to formally recognise their learning.


In the video below, Matthew provides further information about the course content. Can't see the video? View it here.


Learning outcomes

Delegates will be provided with information that will help them to:

  • Understand why manual handling should be avoided, the moral, business and legal reasons for assessing and managing it and the common types of injuries that arise
  • Understand the risk factors associated with manual handling, the application of HSE's manual handling assessment tools (MAC and RAPP) and what makes a risk assessment suitable and sufficient
  • Be able to explain what manual handling risks are and how they may result in injury
  • Know how to avoid manual handling risks with the use of mechanical assistance and recognition of good handling techniques
  • Be able to explain the importance of reducing risks associated with manual handling activities
  • Understand their organisation's responsibilities in relation to manual handling
  • Be able to apply wider elements of risk management for manual handling

What the course will cover

This course explains the principles of manual handling and why reducing the risks associated with manual handling activities is important, the most common types of injuries, the legal aspects and the key risk factors. Delegates will study and use the manual handling assessment tools developed by HSE, including the MAC and RAPP tools. Delegates will learn how to control and reduce risk, the key principles of good handling techniques and gain insights from industry and case studies. At the end of the course, delegates will undertake a formal assessment of the knowledge they have gained, leading to a recognised qualification.

Download the learner guide here.

"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 organisations. It will also benefit those already involved in manual handling risk reduction who require more formal or in-depth training in this subject, including 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

Our  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.


£560 per person (includes digital training resources and NEBOSH registration and assessment fees - cancelled/repeat assessments will incur an additional charge).

Please note: Your details will be shared with NEBOSH as part of the registration process. For this they will also need your date of birth - please provide this in the 'comments' box when you book

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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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