Manual handling training

Please also see our general advice page for information on manual handling, manual handling risk assessment and legal requirements.

Basic Awareness Training

Online training materials are available via Moodle for staff and students within the University.  This content is aimed at people who do not have manual handling as a major element of their job and face only low day-to-day risk from manual handling tasks.  This material provides a basic awareness of manual handling risk assessment and safe manual handling technique and practices.  

Practical Training

For those who have more significant manual handling as part of their role SEPS recommend attendance at practical manual handling training and can offer a half-day course entitled "Manual Handling for Higher Risk Environments".

This course is intended for those involved in higher risk manual handling work and, in particular, those required to undertake manual handling risk assessments.  This course lasts for 3.5 hours and is designed to make delegates aware of the need to observe good practice when moving objects within the workplace and of how to conduct a manual handling risk assessment. Delegates who complete training will receive a certificate of attendance and participation will be recorded within the staff 'PeopleXD' training record.

Booking a Training Place
This course is normally held in the Conference Room of the Isabella Elder Building which is located on the first floor.  PLEASE NOTE if you are unable to access the first floor of a building with no lift please advise as soon as possible so that alternative arrangements can be made.

We plan to run courses on the date(s) shown below. To check availability and to book onto one of these courses please do so via the PeopleXD system – in the employee dashboard select the learning and development box then enter keyword i.e. manual then press search.  This will take you to “Book a course”, please select Manual Handling then click “3 dot” menu to the right, select “Request to attend a course”, this will then give you a list of course dates and availability, select the course dates which suit you then complete “Your Request Details” and press submit. Once you have booked your course, please email the project number to charge the course to

If you want to put your name on the waiting list for the next course you should email

A charge is made on the basis of recovery of costs for places on this course and varies according to the number of people being trained. Indicative cost is about £40 per person.

Booking Conditions and Cancellation Charges
Please note there may be a charge to Schools and University Services for cancellation within five working days of an event or for non-attendance. You may send a substitute delegates if someone is unable to attend but should advise us of this. If you need to cancel, or have any other questions about the course, contact

Course dates

New dates will be available from August 2024