Manual Handling

Manual handling is a mandatory course that must be undertaken by all staff every 3 years. 

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About this course

The course must be completed by all staff every 3 years. 

The aim of the course is to provide skills and knowledge to be proficient in manual handling operations and in doing so, to minimise the risk of injury.

Manual Handling training is delivered fully online via Microsoft Teams by USafety, in an interactive webinar. Please note the following when planning to attend Manual Handling training:

  1. Please watch the following instructional video on YouTube.
  2. Please ensure you log on using the training link provided 15 minutes before the webinar commences to ensure that any IT issues that may occur can be dealt with.
  3. Please ensure you wear comfortable clothing. No jeans, skirts or tight clothing, flat soled shoes only.
  4. You must fully participate and reach the required standard to receive certification. If there is any reason why you may be unable to participate please inform us in advance when signing up for training or at or via the Helpdesk shortly after signing up.
  5. You must have a load similar to a light box e.g. photocopying box size (max 2 reams of paper).
  6. Upon successful completion of the training, you will receive an ECert to the email address provided. Please ensure you use your UCC email address when signing up.

On completion of the manual handling course, participants will be able to:

  • List the key aspects of current manual handling regulations.
  • Identify and know how to prevent manual handling injuries.
  • Understand the limitations and strengths of the human body in relation to lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying etc. and sedentary work activities
  • Apply tile principles to moving and handling.
  • Lift and move objects safely.contribute to the development of a departmental safety statement and manual handling risk assessments


Health & Safety Office

Sláinte agus Sábháilteacht

5 Carrigside, College Road, Cork