NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Manual Handling Risk Assessment

Achieving this qualification will give you the confidence that your approach to manual handling risk assessment reflects HSE guidance and best practice

Course Overview

NEBOSH and Great Britain’s health and safety regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), have partnered to develop a new qualification aimed at preventing one of the main causes of musculoskeletal disorders; manual handling.

The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Manual Handling Risk Assessment is a one-day qualification, based on HSE’s best practice guidance and tools. The content will help you to identify and assess manual handling risk, and more importantly, prioritise controls to protect workers.

Matt Powell-Howard, NEBOSH Head of Product Development, says: “Many organisations jump straight to providing training on manual handling – how to lift etcetera. In developing this qualification we’re encouraging organisations to take a step back and take the time to effectively risk assess their manual handling activities. By doing so they may be able to eliminate or reduce an activity and, if manual handling is required, then they’ll have all the information they need to protect their workers.”

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Who is it for?

The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Manual Handling Risk Assessment is for anyone who gets involved with assessing and addressing manual handling risks. It is common for the following roles to have these responsibilities:

  • Health and safety professionals
  • Workplace champions
  • Employee representatives
  • Occupational health practitioners.

What will I learn?

The qualification will help you to:

  • Explain the importance of reducing risks associated with manual handling activities
  • Understand responsibilities in relation to manual handling
  • Explain what manual handling risks are and how they may result in injury
  • Demonstrate and practice appropriate manual handling risk assessment technique
  • Apply wider elements of risk management for manual handling.

How will it help my organisation?

Using this qualification to build in-house expertise will help organisations:

  • Protect team members from one of the main causes of musculoskeletal disorders
  • Have confidence that the approach adopted to manual handling risk assessment reflects best practice and utilises HSE manual handling tools and templates.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) accounted for 8.9million lost working days in Great Britain in 2019/20 with manual handling estimated to be the main cause. 0.5 million workers suffered from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder in 2020/21, with a cost to organisations and to the UK economy. This is a global problem; the World Health Organization estimates 1.71 billion people experience musculoskeletal conditions worldwide, three in five workers in Europe report MSD complaints, more than half of US adults experience an MSD and it’s estimated that they cost countries between 0.5-2% of Gross National Product.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

It is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus. NEBOSH recommends that learners undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.0 or higher in IELTS tests.

Unit MHR1: Assessing Manual Handling Risk

Element 1: Principles of manual handling

Element 2: Managing manual handling risk: Identification of risk factors

Element 3: Managing manual handling risk: Control of risk


A practical assessment is completed at the end of the course. After watching a video of a manual handling activity in a workplace, you will be asked to assess it using HSE tools and templates. Further detail is provided in the syllabus guide and Assessment Guidance documentation that are available to download from the Resources section below.

Course Programme

The qualification is delivered over one day of tuition.

It can be delivered both by online/remote learning (using Zoom) or face-to-face.

Open Course Locations and Price

This course is available Live Online [via Zoom] at £295.00 (+ VAT) per learner, which includes all the NEBOSH Fees, etc.


This course is also available in-house, both by online/remote learning (using Zoom) or face-to-face.

Dates to be arranged with client. Please contact us for a quotation.

In-House Course Fees

The course can be delivered both by online/remote learning (using Zoom) or face-to-face.

Dates to be arranged with client. Please contact us for a quotation.

Learner Training Needs Assessment

Please complete and return this Learner Training Needs Assessment to us when you contact us to help us better understand your individual training needs: Learner Training Needs Assessment

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NEBOSH Resources

The NEBOSH resources for this qualification, including the course syllabus and NEBOSH Learner Terms and Conditions, can all be downloaded from the NEBOSH website here:


NEBOSH Certificate Verification Service

NEBOSH receives regular requests from employers, recruitment agencies, Higher Education institutions, and other similar bodies to verify that an individual actually holds a NEBOSH qualification.

You can now verify NEBOSH certificates using their free self-service verifications platform: NEBOSH Verifications.

If a certificate was issued before 1991, or if the online platform cannot verify the certificate with the information you have provided, you may still need to contact NEBOSH directly in line with their Verifications Policy here: