manual handling training

Manual handling training

If employees have to deal with physical strain by carrying out heavy, physically demanding work or sitting, lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching or standing in the wrong way, the chance of complaints of the knees, hip, arm, neck, back, shoulders is high. This can have negative consequences for physical health and (sustainable) employability. Complaints to the musculoskeletal system account for 38% of work-related absenteeism. In addition, an unfavourable physical load leads to mistakes and a slower pace of work.

Employees who have to deal with physical strain are less likely to have complaints and recover more quickly if they are fit enough for the task and use their body effectively. They achieve this with practical instructions on factors that can be found at invloed zijn on the occurrence and prevention of injuries related to physical strain:
Awareness – Behavioural change – Own responsibility


The participants learn this during the training:

  • Insight into healthy and strenuous postures and movements during work (here we use photos).
  • How do the muscles and weights work during strenuous activities?
  • Which muscles can you use to protect joints?
  • What can you do yourself to reduce physical strain?
  • Measures you can take in case of initial complaints.
  • Practicing, experiencing and judging yourself while practicing different working postures.

The starting point of the training is:
Awareness -> Change of behaviour -> Own responsibility
to ensure that employees use their bodies efficiently and effectively at work.

What does the training look like?

The training is interactive and experiential: theory alternated with exercises and exchange of experiences.Na a plenary part we practice ‘on the job’ with the application of the new knowledge, insight and skills.


An introductory meeting with you and the relevant employees on location. What are they doing? How do they do that? What are the bottlenecks? What should they learn? That is the starting point for the course.


After the training employees have knowledge, insight and skills in:

  • physical and repetitive strain
  • the risks and consequences for muscles, joints and vitality.
  • opportunities to reduce physical workload through effective body use and healthy work behaviour

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