Manual Handling for Assessors (including NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Manual Handling Risk Assessment)
20 September 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) tool.
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 ago.
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.
The course will be run at the HSE Science and
Research Centre in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the
heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train
stations and Manchester International Airport. This course can be
run at your site or local area by arrangement.
Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at www.visitbuxton.co.uk
£545 per person (includes NEBOSH registration fee, course
notes, lunch and refreshments).
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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