8.8 million working days were lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders in 2015/2016. In total, one-third of all days lost as a result of poor health are due to manual handling. 


Poor manual handling and consequent musculoskeletal disorders are an issue in every workplace where employees are required to carry heavy goods and packages. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) require employers to manage the risks to their employees and ensure their health.

We developed the Manual Handling eLearning Module to fulfil this requirement and instruct employees on how to properly handle heavy loads to avoid damages to health, as well as to train employers on the importance of creating a safe working environment for employees.

This Manual Handling eLearning Module will enable the user to understand what is needed in order to manually handle goods with care, best ways of carrying heavy loads and how to move them from a place to the other. The course will give the user an understanding of how to prevent musculoskeletal disorders resulting from poor manual handling practice.

The Manual Handling training course is suitable for any user who is required to carry heavy loads in its work. It is a fully online interactive course and assessment, accessible on any device, 24/7, with no time limits.  A certificate can be downloaded upon successful completion of the eLearning module.

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Learning Outcome

  • The user will understand their responsibilities when manual handling.
  • The user will comprehend the risks that they undertake when manual handling.
  • The user will have a good foundational understanding of the theory that is involved when moving, lifting, pushing and pulling an object.


Course Outline

  • Manual handling risk factors and how injuries can occur
  • Statistics around injuries sustained while manual handling
  • Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Employer and employee responsibility
  • Key Physical Risk Factors 
  • How to move something safely
  • Pushing and pulling
  • Assessment



The eLearning module covers key information surrounding Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (the Regulations), as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002 under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (the HSW Act) as well as Guidance on the Regulations as is provided by HSE's guidance - L23 Manual handling: guidance on the Regulations, (file 313) including the revisions provided in March 2004. Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR).


The Manual Handling eLearning Module was approved by:

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This e-learning course only provides awareness education. Face-to-face training would be needed in addition in order to complete the all-round skills and knowledge to be able to carry this forward practically in your organisation.


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