Back Care and Manual Handling (Theory) - Revised 2017

Learn how to take much-needed precautions to prevent back injury during manual handling, with this free online course.

Health and Safety
Free Course
The spinal cord and the nerves along it play one of the most crucial roles in your body. However, as people grow old the back weakens, while others injure their backs because of accidents. This course will teach you all the essential theories of manual handling. You will learn the principles of safe lifting and how the back works, as well as the precautions to take both at home and at work that will prevent back injury.
  • Duration

    2-3 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive





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This course will first give you an overview of how your back works. You will learn about back injury and the causes of back pains. You will then study important legislation which covers Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act, the Manual Handling of Loads, as well as the Protection of Pregnant, Post-Natal, and Breastfeeding Employees. You will also learn the importance of a good back posture and suitable clothing for manual handling.

Next, you will learn about office ergonomics and the effects of incorrect body posture. You will also learn about manual handling ergonomics which aims to fit the task to the person rather than the person to the task. You will study the TILE model which includes Task,Individual Capability, Load, and Environment, and how it aims to help people to work within their capabilities and reduce the risk of injury. The course will also teach you the principles of safe lifting.

This course was developed by the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, and is intended as a refresher training course for those who have previously completed a one day Manual Handling course. The course will teach you good back posture and important ergonomics that will prevent back pains. These are skills that can make a serious difference to your everyday life and comfort, so don't wait until it's too late! Check out the course now, and protect yourself against a serious future injury.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss preventing back injury.
  • List relevant Health and Safety legislation to back care and manual handling.
  • Discuss TILE and how it relates to ergonomics and problem solving.
  • List the principles of safer handling.


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