Manual Handling in Education & Care (Theory)

This course gives a comprehensive overview of manual handling theory in settings that include children & young people

This course covers all the principles of safe and effective manual handling particularly tailored to settings that include children and young people. It falls alongside the Wales Manual Handling Passport and covers such areas as biomechanics, centre of gravity, stable base, short levers, ergonomics and communication. There are over half a million workplace-related musculoskeletal disorders reported in the UK every year. This course gives the clear and effective information needed to reduce these statistics.

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Course Details

Manual Handling Awareness course details:
  • Clear, attractive format
  • Real-life scenarios help illustrate key points
  • With videos and graphics to make an enjoyable learning experience
  • Written by an expert with over 20 years experience of training in education and social care

Benefits for you

Within the Education and Residential care sector there are a large number of children and young people who could be at risk. With regards to Manual Handling this is of the highest importance as there have been recent media stories that have also outlined prosecution. It is also important to remember that Manual Handling is not just about the child or young person, it is as important for all staff to ensure they can protect their backs as much as possible.

There are various titles for this subject that people might have heard of. These include; moving and positioning, moving and handling & moving and assisting. This course is the contains the same content but keeps the title “Manual Handling” as it is linked to the Regulation and its title

This course is a theory awareness course. It does not automatically allow staff to move heavy items or operate specific lifting mechanisms – this would require further “practical” training.

The key learning outcomes of this course are –

  • Understand the relevant legislation and guidance regarding Manual Handling 
  • Understand the relevant definitions regarding Manual Handling and the good and bad practice of this 
  • Understand the function of the spine, musculoskeletal disorders and their impact 
  • Understand the risk assessment process for manual handling of both animate and inanimate objects
  • Understand the procedure for moving an inanimate object

Course Syllabus

Section 1 – Introduction 

  • Learning Objectives 
  • Mapping 
  • Meet The People 

Section 2 – Overview of Legislation and Guidance 

  • Introduction 
  • The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA) 
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) (MHOR) 
  • The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) 
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) 
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) 
  • Prosecutions 
  • Further Guidance 

Section 3 – Definitions and Practice 

  • Manual Handling in Real Life 
  • Manual Handling In Education 
  • Biomechanics 
  • Biomechanics II – Centre of Gravity 
  • Biomechanics III – Stable Base 
  • Biomechanics IV – Short Levers 
  • Ergonomics 
  • Ergonomics II – The Task Being Completed 
  • Ergonomics III – The person’s physical and psychological characteristics 
  • Ergonomics IV – The organisation and social environment 
  • Ergonomics and Manual Handling 
  • Communication 

Section 4 – The Function of the Spine & Musculoskeletal Disorders 

  • The Spine 
  • Intervertebral disks 
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders 
  • Statistics 

Section 5 – Manual Handling 

  • Risk Assessment 
  • Introduction 
  • Using Manual Handling equipment 

Section 6 – Moving inanimate objects 

  • Introduction 


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