About the course

A wide range of activities including pushing or pulling, holding or throwing, lifting or carrying can be classified as manual handling. Most jobs involve one or the other form of manual handling and therefore workers are at risk of handling injury. It might not always result in disfiguration or death, but may often be disabling or long term.

Nurses are involved with complex patient handling tasks every day at their workplaces. It is therefore very important that they are well educated about its effects. Practicing good posture and techniques can help alleviate the risks.

This course aims at improving the knowledge of nurses and health workers regarding manual handling, its risks and prevention. It includes an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the spine, the common injuries seen, causes, risks and the possible ways to eliminate manual handling injuries. Practicing safe techniques will result in lesser injuries, more comfort and thus lead to quality health care outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the meaning of manual handling.
  • List the common types of manual handling injuries.
  • Recognise common causes of manual handling injuries.
  • Describe manual handling hazards, risk and elimination of risk.
  • Use mechanical devices for manual handling.
  • Adapt manual handling principles.

CPD Points

2 Points


2 hours (self-paced)

Course curriculum