Manual Handling - Public course

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Face to face manual handling training

Course Suitable For:

Any person whose work puts them at risk of manual handling injuries or Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)manual handling

Course Award:

Manual Handling Training - Certificate of Attendance

Awarded by O'Dwyer Safety Services Ltd. and Valid for 3 yrs. Certificates will certify participant's successful completion of written assessment & practical assessment modules accordingly.

Course Duration:   2.5 hrs                                                                                                                                                          Every Tuesday - start time varies i.e. 8am start or 9am start

One Saturday per month - 9am start

Course Participants:

Maximum: 10 participants 

Course Prerequisites:

Participants will undergo a practical assessment and multi-choice written assessment on the day of the course

Please inform OSS training coordinator of any of the following conditions

If you have any doubts about your lifting capability

If you have any reading or writing difficulties 

Course Locations:

Public courses at OSS

Manual Handling Courses can be delivered onsite at your company or we can organise a suitable venue close to your location

Venue Requirements:

Room suitable to seat 10 people comfortably (with tables /desks if possible) and suitable area for manual handling demonstrations.

White wall or projector screen

Course Objectives:

At the end of the training course participants should be able to:

Briefly explain the manual handling duties of the employer and employees 

Explain briefly the functions of the body parts involved in manual handling and how they can be injured

List typical manual handling risks and injuries

Explain how to personally risk assess typical manual handling tasks in their workplace

Describe the components of task specific manual handling risk assessments in their workplace

Describe the 8 principles used in manual handling techniques

Demonstrate safe manual handling techniques based on the 8 principles

Course Programme:

The training involves classroom tuition and practical demonstrations. Where ever possible demonstrations will involve a workplace setting or replication of typical work activities


Skills Demonstration: 80%

In skills demonstrations, candidates will be observed carrying out the following practical tasks:

Lifting or moving a sample load from point A to point B and verbalising the procedure:

Examination: 20%

The theory based examination assesses the candidate's ability to recall and apply theory and understanding requiring responses to multi-choice answer questions. 

The questions may be answered in different media such as in writing or orally.


Pass 50 - 64% 

Merit 65 - 79%

Distinction 80 - 100%



Manual Handling

The Trainer delivered a well structured course and provided relevant information.  4/3/23

Excellent course, good revision of information. 

Very clear and concise.   Good info.  Good and friendly learning.  4/3/23 

Well run course, professional.   Tutor was excellent. 28/2/23 

The Trainer was very well prepared, knows how to keep everyones attention. 28/2/23

The course was presented very good, with great detail and understanding. 28/2/23 

The Trainer knew his stuff and delivered a relevant course and kept everyone interested.  14/2/23 

Trainer was excellent and delivered the course well. 14/2/23 

Esther was informative, interesting, humurous, put a very interesting spin on the subject. 11/2/23

Very well presented and had great knowledge about what he was saying during the course.  10/2/23 

Excellent content and delivered to the highest standards.  Gerrit is an excellent Instructor - clear, concise, personable and friendly.  Highly recommend. 9/2/23 

I have completed several manual handling courses over the years in the UK and Ireland and I can honestly say that this has been the best one that I have attended.  8/2/23

Learned new things from Seamus from the last time I did the course.  31/1/23

Course was informative and got through everything quickly and no repetition. 31/1/23

Well thought course, everything well explained, nothing was complicated and Gerrit also made it enjoyable. 7/11/22

The course was delivered clearly and was interactive, which made it interesting.   I will definitely be making some changes in my own life after attending this course.  7/11/22

I found I learned more than I thought I had already known.   Information I will use daily. 25/10/22

Really enjoyed the course.   The Instructor, Seamus, was very clear and delivered the course brilliantly. 25/10/22

The co-ordinator was excellent at encouraging everyone in their different situation to speak up about poor health and safety in their workplace. 25/10/22

Esther was very clear and precise while going through this course, also very helpful. 10/10. 25/10/22

The course was relevant to my work and well delivered by Seamus.  I would recommend this training to others.   The training location was well equipped, good facilities also. 18/10/22

Course content was a useful refresher in both theory and practical. 18/10/22

Very well constructed course.   You can really see the course was built around many years of experience and passion from the staff.  Very interactive and very relatable. 11/10/22

Perfect length of time for this course. 11/10/22

Very enjoyable.  Esther is a very good Instructor. 11/10/22

The Trainer was very good, made me open my eyes on thinking about how my body will look or turn out if I don't take care of it and use the right techniques. 1/10/22

Excellent course.   Seamus was a very good Instructor, had good interaction with people on the course.   Also, good demonstrations on the course. 3/10/22

I enjoyed the course, keep up the good work. Thanks. 3/10/22

Esther was very good, made me open my eyes on thinking about how my body will look or turn out if I don't take care and use the right techniques. 1/10/22

Seamus was fantastic, really helped all the lads get a better understanding of Manual Handling. 28/9/22

Seamus was extremely personable and knowledgeable on the subject.   Made it easy to learn and time passed quickly.  28/9/22

Gerrit was friendly, professional and had to work in a challenging environment.  22/3/22

It was a very good course, fast pace but not too fast, very informative 22/3/22


Manual Handling