Manual Handling

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 places a duty on every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of all his employees which includes provision of the appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 2, Chapter 4, make specific reference to Manual Handling of Loads. This regulation requires every employer:
  • To take appropriate measures to avoid manual handling, where manual handling cannot be avoided, to take appropriate measures to reduce the risk
  • To organise workstations
  • To ensure that employees who are involved in manual handling receive information, instruction and training on safe manual handling.

Delivery Mode

  • Customised

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What's covered?


  • Aims & Objectives
  • Legislative Requirement
  • Injury Incidence

Anatomy/ Biomechanics/ Ergonomics

  • Back Injuries
  • Repetitive or Cumulative Strain

Risk Assessment

  • Task – Avoid, Assess, Reduce, Train
  • Load – Biomechanics
  • Work Environment – Ergonomics
  • Individual Capability


  • Practical exercises

Practical Manual Handling

  • Applying TILE assessment approach to all relevant workplace manual handling tasks and drilling the same for correct performance

Overview of Guidance on the Management of Manual Handling in the Workplace (HSA)

Note: The maximum number of people per course is 10

Who should participate?

  • Personnel carrying out manual handling tasks
  • Supervisors/managers wishing to become familiar with manual handling risks and control measures

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Be aware of the necessity for safe methods of manual handling to reduce the risk of injury
  • Understand the need to avoid manual handling by using mechanical aids where possible
  • Assess the task using the TILE criteria (task, individual, load, environment)
  • Implement the correct method of lifting ensuring minimal risk to self and co-workers
  • Know how to safely execute all relevant workplace manual handling tasks

Who are the tutors?

Finbarr Stapleton

Finbarr Stapleton, Antaris, has a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and is a member of IOSH. He has over thirty years experience, initially as Laboratory Manager in an Analytical Laboratory, a number of years experience as an EHS Manager in the Food Industry and subsequently in technical consultancy.

He has successfully implemented OHSAS 18001/45001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 in a large number of industries. He has extensive experience of quality management and environmental and health and safety management systems, energy management, waste management as well as environmental and health and safety legislation. He is a qualified Auditor of ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 management systems. Finbarr has also extensive experience of energy management systems such as ISO 50001. He has carried out a number of projects on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
He regularly carries out audits and risk assessments for client companies. He has also qualified as a dangerous goods safety adviser.

Finbarr has assisted a number of companies in making successful applications to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) licence and has also carried out Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of companies.

Finbarr also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education. He is the lead tutor for the Nebosh International Certificate and Diploma courses.

Nick Smyth

Nick Smyth graduated from the University of Limerick in 1981 with a BSc in Manufacturing Technology having taken the Materials Engineering specialisation. He has worked as a Technical, Q.A./Materials Engineering and E.H.S. professional for 24 years, which included management roles in Intel Ireland, Johnson and Johnson, DeBeers Industrial Diamond, SPS International, Abbott Ireland and Fulflex International. He holds qualifications in Quality Assurance/Management, Lead Auditing, Safety Health and Welfare at Work, Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Management.

Nick also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education, and a CAE certificate in Accessible Environments and the Disability Discrimination Act.
He joined Antaris in June of 2005 and provides consultancy and SQT training services in his areas of experience and expertise.

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