MHT - Manual Handling


Manual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. The weight of the item is an important factor, but many other factors can create a risk of injury, for example the number of times you have to pick up or carry an item, the distance you are carrying it, where you are picking it up from or putting it down (picking it up from the floor, putting it on a shelf above shoulder level) and any twisting, bending stretching or other awkward posture you may adopt while doing a task.

Manual handling injuries are part of a wider group of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The term ‘musculoskeletal disorders’ covers any injury, damage or disorder of the joints or other tissues in the upper/lower limbs or the back. Statistics from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) indicate that MSD cases, including those caused by manual handling, account for more than a third of all work-related illnesses reported each year.

This Manual Handling course is aimed at all levels of employees who may undertake manual handling operations, including the transportation of a load of items by lifting, putting down, pulling, carrying or moving thereof by hand or by bodily force.

Training will include a classroom lecture, PowerPoint presentations, practical exercises and case studies. Fully comprehensive training notes will be provided to delegates who attend the course.

Content covered during this course include:

  • How manual handling injuries can occur
  • Recognise manual handling risks in the workplace
  • Apply controls to minimise injuries
  • Implications of poor lifting methods
  • Back injuries and how they can be avoided
  • Application of safe handling techniques
  • Elements of a simple risk assessment

Course Information

Course duration

  • Half day training

Assessment & exams

  • Delegates will be continually assessed during the course and via multiple choice assessment paper


  • On successful completion of this course, delegates will receive a CMT certificate and ID Card

Booking and further information

For further information or to book a place please call 08433 301236 or email us