People Manual Handling Training

Course Details

This People Manual Handling Training Course provides nurses & care staff  the skills and techniques to undertake the safe handling of dependent people which will enable them to avoid lifting and keep both the client safe as well as themselves.

The training comprises of two main components, theoretical considerations and practical applications. The theoretical section involves introducing the issue of manual handling and the corresponding problem of back injuries in the workplace. To comply with current Health and Safety legislation, SHW at Work (General App) Regulations 2007, Part 2 Workplace and Work Equipment, Chapter 4 “Manual Handling of Loads” and Amendment Regulations 2007.

Carers who attend this People Manual Handling Training are given the expertise and knowledge to safely move and handle their clients. Your staff will avoid lifting and therefore avoid back injuries. By training your staff you are complying with your legal requirements. Back injuries caused by incorrect manual handling techniques are one of the most frequent causes of workers compensation claims. This course is Fetac Accredited and complies with HSA requirements.

Objectives of the People Manual Handling Training

The training is designed to develop the students knowledge and application of manual handling and patient lifting and enable them upon completion of the course to adopt best practice manual handling techniques while carrying out their duties. This course will ensure that participants have knowledge of the statutory regulations and the practical skills in safe moving and handling techniques.

Method of Delivery

The training will utilise both theory and practical learning which will encourage student participation and feedback and ensure strong knowledge of practical skills.


  • Moving inanimate objects
  • Pushing and pulling - wheelchairs/beds
  • Standing and sitting the patient
  • Walking the patient
  • Rolling/moving the patient in a bed
  • Sitting to sitting transfers
  • Repositioning the patient in a chair
  • Assisting the fallen patient
  • Using a hoist
  • Risk Assessment Principals
  • Assessing the Task, Individual, Load and Environment (TILE)

Throughout this training there is an emphasis on independent living and how we can be of safe assistance in this regard, for both the staff member and the patient. This encourages minimal handling in the healthcare environment whilst promoting safe patient care.

Who should attend?

All staff engaged in caring for clients during their working day

Maximum number of participants: 12


There will be both a short theory and practical demonstration required in order to successfully complete the training and to receive cetification.

Duration: I Day

A certificate of attendance is awarded by Excel Safety Services Ireland and is fully recognised by the HSA (Health & Safety Authority) which is valid for three years.

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