Safety Services


Manual handling and lifting training

This course is recommended for UCL staff who carry out manual handling and lifting activities at work.

Course description

This practical training course is aimed at staff who may undertake manual handling operations, including the transporting of a load of items by lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof by hand or by bodily force.

As this is a practical course, please wear appropriate loose-fitting clothing (preferably trousers) and refer to the Health Checklist to confirm that you are fit to undertake this training (you can access this via MyLearning).

All safety instructor-led training courses are delivered by our team of safety experts.


This instructor-led course will cover the risks associated with manual handling and how to ensure that appropriate control measures are put in place.

  • The "anatomy" of the back and causes of back pain
  • Assessing the lift
  • Hazard spotting
  • Mechanical handling aids
  • Demonstration of correct lifting techniques
  • The lifting of objects under the guidance of a competent instructor

Target audience

Staff who carry out manual handling and lifting activities at work,


Training courses are free to UCL staff however your Department will be charged £50 if you fail to attend when booked on a course.  Non-attendance at first aid courses will incur a higher non-attendance fee.

Late applications

If you have not received your confirmation notification from the MyHR Mailer please contact Safety Services on 020 3108 8592 or email to safetytraining@ucl.ac.uk.

External delegates

Places to external delegates are only offered if there is spare capacity on an instructor-led course.

Please contact safetytraining@ucl.ac.uk to be placed on a waiting list stating the course title and date you wish to join. 

To book

Training courses are accessible using UCL MyLearning. 

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Last updated: Thursday, June 18, 2020