Manual / Minimal Handling


The manual handling of loads regulation and its related schedule sets out a framework for
employers to reduce the risk of injury from manual handling activity. It seeks to reduce the very
large incidence of injury and ill health arising from the manual handling of loads at work. The
regulations place duties on employers in respect of their own employees.

Manual Handling Course objectives

  • To understand the anatomy of the back and causes of common back injuries 
  • To understand the principles of safe manual handling 
  • To be able to carry out manual handling correctly 
  • As legislated for in the 2005 Safety, Welfare and work act the Manual/Minimal handling content:



  • Law related to Manual Handling
  • Anatomy of the spine
  • Manual Handling Injuries
  • Posture, Fitness & Flexibility
  • Manual Handling hazards
  • Recognising hazardous loads
  • Means to avoid or reduce manual handling
  • Good handling techniques & practice
  • Dealing with unfamiliar loads 
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Good housekeeping