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Frequently asked questions

What is Manual Handling?

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) define manual handling as:

"...any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force".

The load can be an object, person or animal.


Who should attend the Manual Handling course?

This course is for any person who is involved in manual handling in the workplace.


What are the course benefits?

Enable employers to comply with Manual Handling legislation.

‘Lifting or moving loads’ was the second most prevalent reported risk factor 2014-2015 in workplaces. When this risk is not adequately controlled it leads to the potential for manual handling accidents and longer-term musculoskeletal disorders


A Liftright Manual Handling course is a superb way to show your staff how to lift safely. Once your staff have attended the course, they will know how to look after their back properly and your business will be better protected against the cost of absenteeism and potential litigation.


What is the law on manual handling to protect employees?

Employers have a legal obligation under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations (MHOR) to make a sufficient and suitable assessment of the risk to employees from the manual handling of loads. The MHOR require an employer to carry out a risk assessment on all manual handling tasks that pose an injury risk.

Employees have a duty to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions. They must communicate with their employers so that they too are able to meet their health and safety duties.


How can I ensure that my business is compliant with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations?

Ensure that you have up-to-date and concise Risk Assessment plans in place for all the manual handling tasks that your employees undertake.

Ensure that adequate and frequent training and refresher training for your employees is provided.

If you have your own Manual Handling Instructors, then you must ensure that your Instructor training and refresher commitments are being met.


What can be done to help prevent manual handling injuries?

The main thing is education and risk assessment, though there are other considerations: Firstly, does the load need to be moved at all? If so, can it be moved mechanically by using a handling aid, such as a pallet truck, an electric or hand-powered hoist, or a conveyor?

If manual lifting is the only option then there are a number of things that can be done to reduce the risk, including changes to the load, the environment and of course, effective and regular training for the person performing the manual handling task!



What is the correct lifting technique?

The preferred technique for lifting will depend on many things, such as the weight, position and size of the item.


Liftright has 4 lifting principles which when practiced correctly will reduce pressure on the back and enable you to lift safely.


Where can I find more information on The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992?

The best source of information, legal requirements and support is via the Governments Health and Safety Executive website click here to view.


In summary; the Manual Handling Operations Regulations is a piece of Health & Safety legislation that affects both employers and employees. It passed in to law in 1992.


Who is this guidance for?

This guidance is mainly for employers, managers and safety representatives, but may also be useful for employees.


Key messages

Employers must comply with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002.


The guidance explains how to avoid, assess and reduce the risk of injury from manual handling.

It reflects changes introduced for the self-employed by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (General Duties of Self-Employed Persons) (Prescribed Undertakings) Regulations 2015 and the Deregulation Act 2015 (Health and Safety at Work)(General Duties of Self-Employed Persons) (Consequential Amendments) Order 2015.


How long are Manual Handling course certificates valid for?

There is no set legislative period for a Manual Handling course certificate to be valid.  As a general rule three years is seen as a reasonable period.


The certification period of three years is considered the standard minimum requirement however the period should be determined by individual organisations and based on their risk assessments and policies.  Considerations should be given to any changes in circumstances and/or working environment.  For example if new machinery or tasks are introduced or if an individual has suffered an illness or injury.


Where are the courses held?

Where the employees are based and/or where the actual tasks they perform can be conducted and observed.


How many people can attend a course?

The number of attendees may range from one-on-one training to 20, dependent upon the nature of your business, complexity of tasks and employee needs.


Usually a course has 10-15 attendees.


Can Liftright courses be customised to suit your requirements?

Yes, our in-house courses can be tailored to meet your exact requirements. At the very least we can set up a telephone call between our Liftright Trainer and your training organiser so that we can discuss your specific training requirements, and any issues or specific areas that you would like to concentrate on. This bespoke approach can be followed further (depending on your budget) to include pre-course assessments, consultancy, bespoke training materials, and customised video and support products.


Will I have an opportunity to provide feedback after a training course?

Yes, at Liftright we love to receive your feedback and are committed to continuous improvement. All delegates on our courses are asked to complete a course feedback questionnaire which we use to review the course content, teaching style, quality of the materials and venue suitability. In addition, we  welcome any feedback either directly to the trainer, or to our head office after the course has finished.


What after-course support does Liftright provide?

You will have access to our specialist Liftright Trainers for advice on any manual handling issues that may arise following your training course.  We aim to ensure that queries are answered within 24 hours. Queries are submitted by email initially and one of our experts will call back to discuss the query.


Liftright also conduct support visits if requested to see how the programme is running and if we could offer any additional advice.


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Liftright is a training company dedicated to manual handling.  Our philosophy is to make Manual Handling training educational and relevant to the tasks of your business.

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+44 (0) 7825 291180

+44 (0) 1538 528375