Man on a construction site wearing safety clothes lifting a box

Manual Handling Awareness Training

Phoenix’s Manual Handling Awareness course helps organisations to protect the welfare of employees who have a responsibility to handle, lift and carry items.
Book this course

Course overview

Phoenix’s Manual Handling Awareness course helps organisations to protect the welfare of employees who have a responsibility to handle, lift and carry items. According to the HSE, more than 20 percent of all non-fatal workplace injuries in the UK are caused by incorrect handling, lifting and carrying. Most are musculoskeletal injuries, which are the third most common cause of absence from work, exceeded only by stress and colds/flu.

It is in the interest of every employer to make sure that all employees have sufficient manual handling training. It is also their legal duty under the Manual Handling Regulations 1992 (MHOR). This law sets out requirements for handling everything from animals and people to boxes and packages.

As well as offering training, we have the expertise to carry out a manual handling risk assessment for your organisation. Our team can also provide you with forms, examples, and support if you choose to carry out your own risk assessment.

You can study Phoenix’s manual handling training course online. 

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for all employees who are required to engage in manual handling or responsible for moving heavy loads.

Our manual handling awareness course helps you to meet your legal obligations as an employer.

Course programme

The manual handling course covers the following topics:

  • Definition of manual handling
  • The manual handling problem
  • Manual handling law
  • Avoiding manual handling
  • Reducing risks from manual handling
  • Manual handling risk factors, including TILE (task, individual, load and environment)
  • Structure, function and anatomy of the spine
  • Common manual handling injuries
  • Advice for sufferers of back pain
  • Safe lifting technique
  • Safe pushing and pulling technique

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes of the manual handling course:

  • How to lift safely
  • Use correct lifting techniques and correct bad postural habits
  • Understand the consequences of unsafe manual handling
  • Understand how to carry out risk assessment to reduce risk
  • Be compliant with the relevant legislation

Next steps

Other Phoenix courses that may be suitable for successful candidates include:


There is a multiple-choice assessment at the end of the course, with results provided immediately.

Multiple course discounts

The cost of any of our short, online courses is £14.99 per candidate, per course.
Employers who book groups of employees for Phoenix health and safety training can make significant savings:

  • Buy 25 for £12.99 each and save 14%
  • Buy 50 for £8.99 each and save 41%
  • Buy 100 for £6.99 each and save 54%
  • Buy 500 for £5.99 each and save 61%
  • Buy 1000 for £4.99 each and save 67%

Please contact our sales team on 0345 500 8811 to claim your discount when you book 25 or more places.

Popular FAQs

  • What’s the duration of the online course?

    Phoenix's short, online health & safety courses should take 40 minutes to complete.
  • What happens if I fail the assessment?

    You can retake the assessment.
  • When and how will I receive my results and certificate?

    Once you complete the course and assessment, a confirmation of results is available immediately. This certificate can be printed or saved as proof of completion.

Why choose a course with Phoenix?

  • Expertise

    We are one of the UK's leading providers of training in health and safety. 

    Our tutors and mentors are widely respected for their expertise and ability to provide an enjoyable learning experience. 

  • Student support

    We go the extra mile to make sure our course attendees receive the best possible support, through engaging, interactive content and compact modules to keep learners attention focused through the course.

  • Pass rates

    Our pass rates for our health and safety courses are above industry average. View our to Trustpilot reviews to find out why we’re rated 4.8 stars by previous customers.