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Manual Handling FAQs

This section details frequently asked questions related to manual handling. The main FAQs are detailed below.

  • At what height is pushing or pulling a load the safest?

    Pushing and pulling actions should be performed at between shoulder height and elbow height or a little below. Some recommend the optimum level as being 70% to 80% of shoulder height, which is around 100cm for men and 90cm for women.

    Learn more with our manual handling procedure guide here.

  • How do you safely push and pull?

    For pushing, you need to keep your back straight and bend your knees without twisting at your hips to push, but rather keep your core tight and use your legs and body weight to move the object. Always face the object you are pulling and take small, backward steps once you start to move.

    Learn more about safe manual handling techniques here.

  • How long does a manual handling certificate last?

    It can vary, but most manual handling certificates last for between three to five years.

  • How often should manual handling training be given?

    There is no set requirement, but it is recommended that refresher training should be provided at least every three years or whenever there has been a significant change in work practices.

    View our CPD approved manual handling course here.

  • Is it better to push or pull a load?

    It is usually safer to push than pull, though it can depend on the placement of the object and the amount of manoeuvring required.

  • Is it safe to push or pull something heavy?

    Pushing or pulling a heavy item can be done safely as long as a risk assessment has been conducted and the best way to move it has been established.

  • Is manual handling training a legal requirement?

    Under the Manual Handling Regulations you are legally obliged to ensure all employees are trained and competent in manual handling if their responsibilities may include manual handling.

  • What is the procedure of manual handling?

    It is any activity that includes lifting or supporting a load of any kind.

    Learn more about manual handling procedures with our guide.

  • How do you lift heavy objects alone?

    Get the right posture by making sure your feet are shoulder-width apart, keeping your back straight, tightening your abdominal muscles, bending your knees, squatting down to the floor and looking straight ahead. It may also help to put one knee on the floor and your other knee in front of you bent at a right angle.

    Learn more about manual handling weight limits here.

  • How do you safely lift a large box?

    Position your feet shoulder-width apart, keep your back straight and your core strong. Bend your knees and squatting down keeping your gaze straight ahead.

    Learn more about safe manual handling procedures with our guide here.

  • How do you lift properly at work?

    When you lift an item, prevent injury by adopting the correct posture. Hold the item close to your body and bend at the knees to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on your back.

    Learn more about safe manual handling techniques here.

  • Is it safe to keep your knees straight when lifting?

    There have been studies that suggest that bending your knees and keeping your back straight isn’t necessarily the best way to lift, but it remains the most commonly recommended practice.