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Manual Handling in the Workplace
Manual Handling in the Workplace
Manual Handling in the Workplace
Manual Handling in the Workplace

Employers are required by law to take reasonable steps to safeguard the health and safety of all employees, one of which is increasing awareness about the hazards related to manual handling, and outlining what can be done to minimise risk.

This course is primarily aimed at anyone who may need to lift items as part of their duties, however the information is applicable to any workplace environment.

  • Online, self-paced training
  • Interactive course with colourful animations
  • Complete in one to two hours
  • 24 hour learner support
  • Instant digital certificate on completion
  • CPD certified

Why is Manual Handling so important?

Manual handling regulations are in place to safeguard the health and safety of workers, and it's vital that employers undertake manual handling training to educate themselves about their responsibilities.

Health and Safety Executive data shows that failure to follow recommended manual handling techniques is one of the main factors behind musculoskeletal disorders among UK workers. Some 159,000 new cases of these conditions were recorded in 2016-17 alone.

What's more, back injuries are the number one reason for workplace absences, and one-third of all injuries requiring three or more days off from work are caused by manual handling incidents. This can be extremely costly for businesses in terms of lost productivity.

As a result, it is vital that employers understand manual handling risks and know how to educate their staff about them in order to protect their health and safety at work.

Why take this manual handling course?

Our Manual Handling in the Workplace course helps employers to meet their legal health and safety obligations, educating them about how to protect their workforce, and subsequently their wider business.

After completing this e-learning course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand why you need to know how to move and handle objects correctly
  • Know key manual handling regulations
  • Understand the responsibilities of employees and employers with regard to manual handling
  • Know the basic theory of how the spine works, common injuries and how to avoid them

Do you Comply with current legislation?

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations are the most significant when it comes to this area of safety, sometimes incorrectly referred to as the ‘manual handling act’. This dedicated piece of legislation is designed to help employers and employees manage, control and ultimately reduce the risk of injuries that might come about from poor manual handling practice. One of the most important elements of the legislation is that, when it came into force in 1993, it placed a requirement on employers to take action in respect of manual handling and ensured that they had a responsibility to their employees. Read our full article on Manual Handling Legislation here.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for anyone who needs to lift heavy items as part of their role, as well as the supervisors and managers of these workers. This could be Delivery drivers, removal contractors, construction workers, retail assistants, office workers, bar staff, chefs, kitchen assistants, maintenance workers, plumbers, labourers, mechanics, builders, decorators, gardeners and landscapers.

Course lesson plan

Manual Handling in the Workplace covers the following lesson plan:

  • Introduction
  • The law
  • The spine
  • Moving and handling objects safely
  • Summary

Course accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


After completing our Manual Handling in the Workplace course, you will be able to print and download a Virtual College certificate for your records.

Course duration

This course takes approximately two hours to complete, but this depends entirely on your individual learning speed and ability to absorb the course material. E-learning is self-paced and your progress will be saved automatically throughout, so you can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this manual handling training course.

End of course test

At the end of our Manual Handling in the Workplace course, there is a test to complete, with 15 multiple choice questions. You need to achieve a pass mark of 85%, but you can take the test six times at no extra charge if necessary.

If you require extra attempts to pass, this can be arranged by contacting the Virtual College support team.

How It Works

Frequently asked questions

Do I need an e-mail address to buy this course?

Yes, you will need an e-mail address to buy this course. This is because we use your e-mail address to create an account for you in our learning management system - where you will take the training. We also need your email address to send your purchase receipt.

If you buy more courses in future using the same e-mail address during checkout, then these will automatically be added to your system account.

If you pay by PayPal, we will use your PayPal email address to create your system account.

Can I buy this course and give it to other people?

Yes, you can buy the training using your own email address and then give it to other learners from your system account.

Each learner will need to have their own email address. This is so that we can send them a link to the training and give them their own system account.

Is there a refund policy?

We want you to be completely satisfied with your training. We offer a 30 day, no hassle, no quibble, money-back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.

To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not complete the training in order to make a valid refund claim.

Will the course work on a tablet or mobile phone?

We recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best learning experience. This course can also be taken on tablet and mobile devices - including iPads and iPhones.

Is a specific internet browser recommended?

For the best possible experience, we recommend learners use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox. Please ensure there are no updates pending on your browser.

How long do learners have to complete a course?

There is no set completion time for this course. Learners can study in their own time at their own speed and may pause, leave and come back to the system to continue the training at any time.

Does the course contain sound?

Yes, this course contains sound. For those without sound on their computer or device, the narration is covered in an optional text box at the bottom of the training.

How long is the certificate valid for?

There is no set time for how long this certificate is valid for. It is generally recognised that certificates are renewed every three years.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating: (8)

Manual Handling in the Workplace
29 days ago
Easy to access and great tutorials
– customer
Manual Handling in the Workplace
3 months ago
Very good and easy learning passed so happy
– cheryl
Manual Handling in the Workplace
5 months ago
Does what it’s supposed to
– John Palmer
Manual Handling in the Workplace
11 months ago
They were very good and very helpful
– Customer
Manual Handling in the Workplace
one year ago
Very please with the course.
– William Wilcox
Manual Handling in the Workplace
one year ago
Nicely layed out courses with easy to follow instructions
– Cal
Manual Handling in the Workplace
one year ago
The learning content was very good, however some of the text was quite small and difficult to read easily
– Steve Pearson
Manual Handling in the Workplace
3 years ago
too basic and pointless. gone with another company and purchased 25x for their manual handling online courses
– customer
Reply from Virtual College

Thank you for your review, we are sorry you feel the course didn’t meet your requirements and you felt it was too basic. On the website we claim our course “provides learners with the knowledge they need in order to reduce the chance of incurring an injury whilst manually handling loads in their work environment.” Clearly we believe the approximately two hours of training does deliver this. However, as you are not satisfied that the course matched your expectations we will provide you with a full refund.

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