Manual Handling Principles & Practice


This course provides an ideal approach to safer and more effective manual handling, not only meeting HSE recommendations, but also promoting good and safe practices in any situation.

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Course Duration

The Distance Learning delivery of this Manual Handling Principles & Practice allows for minimum contact time of 3-hours, which can be spread over a maximum of 3-weeks, ensuring that each session is a minimum of 1-hour, There is an expectation that the learner will undertake a couple of hours independent guided learning, using the provided learning and research materials.


We are all exposed at times to some form of manual handling such as lifting, carrying, pulling and pushing actions that can be compounded by simultaneous movements such as climbing or pivoting.

Because of that personal injuries resulting from incorrect manual handling in the workplace accounts for over one million working days lost per year, as well as the pain and suffering experienced by the casualties. Therefore correct manual handling techniques can make a huge difference.
The risks arising from manual handling have been recognised by the Health and Safety Executive for many years, as evidenced in their regulations and advisory activities promoting good practice.
The Regulations require employers to provide their employees with health and safety information and training – supplemented, as necessary, with more specific information and training on manual handling injury risks and prevention.


Manual Handling  Syllabus

Candidates will learn a variety of topics including the risks of moving & handling, legal duties placed on employers and employees and correct handling techniques. The full course content is:

  • Reasons for safe moving and handling
  • Potential injuries from incorrect handling
  • Legal duties of employers and employees
  • Assessing manual handling activities
  • Reducing the risks
  • Single person and team lifting
  • Pushing and pulling
  • Handling while seated

Entry requirements

This distance learning qualification is available to learners aged 18 or over.
It may be possible to allocate a reasonable adjustment to a learner who has a disability, medical condition or learning need; learners should
contact their training provider to discuss. Any reasonable adjustments granted must be in line with the FAA Reasonable Adjustments Policy.

However, due to this being a distance learning qualification and the level of unsupervised learning required, a learner must have the literacy
skills to be able to read and self-learn the reference manual and additional resources.

Assessment and Certification

The distance learning qualification is assessed by professional discussion with the trainer/assessor and evidenced by a recorded video call. During the assessment the learner will also be required to practically demonstrate efficient and safe manual handling. The learner has a maximum of 60 minutes to complete the assessment. This recording will be kept following the FAA Data Protection Policy and will not be shared with any person except for quality assurance purposes by FAA, the FAA centre providing the training, and the regulatory bodies as required.
There is no grading of the assessment; learners pass or are referred

Successful candidates will receive FAA e-certificate shortly after the training day.

We recommend that the qualification is renewed every year to stay up to date with the latest procedures and legislation. For further information, please see the Qualification Specification.

Who Needs Manual Handling Training?

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 define manual handling as,

“…any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or by bodily force.”

This course covers all the elements of safe manual handling in the workplace. Therefore, it acts as an excellent introduction suitable for every employee involved in day-to-day moving and handling.

Professions include:

  • Cleaners
  • Construction Workers
  • Warehouse Operatives
  • Kitchen Staff
  • Office Workers
  • Farm Workers
  • Delivery Drivers


Learners who achieve this qualification may progress on to a fire safety or health and safety qualification. FAA offer qualifications in first aid and related subjects, food safety, safeguarding and first aid for mental health if a learner wanted to diversify.

In-House / On-site courses

If you have several employees that you wish to train why not consider an onsite course. Arko Training are able to provide training at your premises, at a time and date to suit your requirements. We currently deliver courses for many national companies throughout the UK . To learn more why not simply complete the Request a Quote  form. Prices are for a maximum of 12 delegates per instructor.

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