Manual Handling

The Manual Handling course looks at regulations on manual handling and relevant procedures.

Who is the course for?

This course is for reps who encounter manual handling and who wish to develop/improve a workplace policy on manual handling.

How long is the course?

The course lasts for 3 days.

What will the course help me to do?

This course will help you:

  • understand the relationship between hazard and risk in manual handling
  • understand the relevant regulations and their application in the workplace
  • use a systematic approach to dealing with manual handling issues in the workplace

Can I get time off to learn?

Union representatives who wish to attend TUC courses in working time should first ask their employer for time off with pay. The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977 give accredited union and safety representatives a legal right to reasonable time off with pay to attend courses approved by the TUC or their union. Guidance towards establishing what constitutes reasonable time off can be found in the ACAS Code of Practice (pdf).

Representatives who find difficulty in obtaining paid time off to attend TUC courses should seek assistance from their senior union representative or full time union officer.

How much is the course?

There are no course fees for union reps from TUC affiliated unions.

Further information

For further information about this course, please contact your TUC Regional Education Officer.