Manual Handling - Public course

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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:                                                                                                                                                                 

9am-12.00 noon every Tuesday and Saturday

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%



Abrasive Wheels

All was handled well.   Use of personal and practical examples was a massive help.

The Trainer was friendly, helpful and informative. 

The course was very informative and also delivered very well.  There is generally no education on the anatomy of the spine and back muscles etc., so I found this course beneficial.  Thank you. 

Esther was very knowledgeable and informative.  She made everyone feel comfortable and encouraged participation in the course in a non judgmental way. 

I found this meeting very educational and learnt a lot and will change a few things I have been doing the wrong way.  Whole set up was well done.  

Found the course very good and the Instructor very good. 

Excellent course.  Felt very comfortable, learnt a lot more. 

Informative content, delivered very well in an informal and engaging manner by Seamus. 

The course showed what I need to do to protect my back and health safely.  Thanks Seamus 

All good.  Tutor very good and sufficient.

Trainer was clear and knowledgeable. 10/10 

Lovely woman. The class was very enjoyable.  Would tell anyone to come to the course.

Excellent course, professionally given by Esther. 

This course is about so much more than lifting boxes.  Esther encouraged changes in all aspects of life to improve back health and overall wellbeing. 

Course kept nice and short and straight to the point.  Made us very aware of the importance of Manual Handling. 

Course was very beneficial to me.   Delivered and assessed very efficiently by Seamus. 

Enjoyed the course.   Seamus had a nice relaxing style and covered everything about Manual Handling. 

Information on course was great.   Instructor provided a lot of information. 

The Tutor was very informative and answered any questions that he was asked.   He was very considerate towards a foreign lad in the class who was having difficulty understanding some of the English.  He was a great Trainer. 

Seamus did a great job. 

I learned a lot about Manual Handling, very interesting and useful in the workplace.   Seamus was very helpful. 

He was a great Instructor and I was glad to be there to learn and he was glad to help. 

All measures were covered and prepared for.  No more to add. 

I learned more on how the back gets injured even by doing the slightest mistake when lifting heavy loads.   He was a great Instructor.

Esther was exceptional at delivering the course content, very relevant to my work. 

Esther was very pleasant and a well informed Instructor.  This course was very enjoyable, thank you.

Instructor was very observant and explained things easily and I learned a lot. 

Thomas- It was a good course, learned a lot about lifting correctly 10/10

Excellent clear communication friendly instructor open to questions very informative

Alan- Esther was very polite and knowledgeable in the training on manual handling

Martin- Course was well done, instructor was excellent I'd highly recommend him

Anthony- Course was done in a very efficient manner and the trainer came through loud and clear and was very informative

Pauline- Well presented course. Seamus covered all the basic manual handling very well

William- Great course, had a bit of fun doing it which is what made it more enjoyable than other courses. Very informative and no misunderstanding in any part of the course

Andrew- The teacher was great nice man with a good sense of humour

Kevin- I found this course brilliant and would do it again

Ray- Excellent course, professionally given great job Esther

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