Safer Person Handling

Let Your Business Benefit

Our Safer Person Handling Techniques course is a three hour workshop aimed at people whose job involves any moving and handling of people. It provides employees with the skills they need to decrease the risk of manual handling injuries whilst encouraging them to take responsibility for their own health and safety. This joint approach helps reduce sickness and absenteeism, insurance premiums and compensation claims which in turn improves the productivity of your business.


Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and regulations 10 and 13 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to provide their employees with health and safety information and training. This should be supplemented as necessary with more specific information and training on manual handling injury risks and prevention, as part of the steps to reduce risk required by regulation 4(1)(b)(ii) of the Regulations.

Who should attend?

Any employee, whose job involves moving and handling people.

What skills will they gain?

After completing the course delegates will have a greater understanding of:

  • The principles of correct person movement techniques
  • The common causes of back injuries
  • How to apply these principles to their own work situations
  • Efficient and safe person handling practice.

Course Contents

The course suits all learning styles as it is practical, visual and inter-active, we provide ample opportunity to practise the movements under the supervision of the trainer and as this is on site we can relate the course application to the participant’s own working environment using the equipment that you provide them on a daily basis.

The key elements of the course are:

Introduction and objectives

Review of Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2004)

  • Employer obligations
  • Employee obligations

Common back injuries and their causes

  • Spine and vertebrae structures
  • Types of injuries, skeletal, muscular
  • Biomechanics
  • Effects of posture and load positioning.

Principles of good movement

  • Lifting & lowering
  • Pushing & pulling

Practical application of movements

Review of practical session

Discussion of application of techniques within participant’s own working environment.

Course information

The course costs £400 for up to 10 participants, a cost of £40 per head.