Occupational Health

Manual Handling Training

Manual handling training is a legal requirement in the workplace. However, following correct manual handling techniques is not only important at work, but also at home and in all activities of daily living. Correct and safe manual handling helps to protect against injury, particularly in the lower back. Here are some handy tips to ensure you are lifting correctly.

1. Assess the item you are about to lift and the area you are moving in

  • Ensure it is a load you are capable of lifting, plan where you are going to lift it to and ensure the environment is safe and free from clutter

2. Establish a broad base of support.

  • Your feet should be about shoulder width apart

3. Take up a good posture

  • You should avoid bending or stooping. Instead, maintain the natural curves of your back, and bend instead at the hips and knees. Maintain this position throughout the lift

4. Get a firm grip of the item

  • Ensure you are making good contact with the palms or your hands

5. Keep your arms close to your trunk

  • Keep the weight of the item close to your centre of gravity. Avoid bending your arms upwards or holding the item too high

6. Keep the movement smooth at all times

  • Change direction using your feet as opposed to twisting your body. Avoid any sudden sharp movements


Photo of Mary Gleasure, presenting on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons at the GP Summer conference in Kilkenny.

Clients Have Included:

  • Navy & Coast Guard
  • Pfizer
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Eli Lilly
  • Kerry Group
  • Ulster Bank
  • Novartis
  • The Four Seasons Hotel Dublin
  • Provided Back Care Program for the ESB throughout Munster
  • Back Care Talks and Wellness Days for a range of companies throughout Cork and Munster