SAFE06053 2019 Manual Handling Instructor Training

General Details

Full Title
Manual Handling Instructor Training
Transcript Title
Manual Handling Instructor Tra
70 %
Subject Area
SAFE - Safety Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Edel Costello, Rachel Nugent
Programme Membership
SG_SOCCU_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Occupational Safety and Health SG_SOCCU_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Occupational Safety and Health SG_SOCCU_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health

The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge, skill and competence to effectively identify manual handling training requirements and deliver manual handling training. This module is the equivalent of the QQI Special Purpose Award Instructing Manual Handling 6N0233

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Have a basic knowledge of the legislation in relation to manual handling in the workplace.


Recognise and describe risk factors associated with manual handling activity and workplace conditions and the development of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly to the back.


Describe and demonstrate safe handling practice and workplace organisation to reduce risk of the development of musculoskeletal disorders.


Design and communicate instruction for safe handling practice and its importance in the workplace.


Perform simple manual handling risk assessments

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time. 

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities independent learning and directed learning. Students will be required to work independently and in groups but will be assessed individually. This approach is expected to address various student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (e.g. powerpoint presentations, case studies, and supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).


Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment

The breakdown of the assessment:

  • Quiz assessment of theory:     (20%) to assess theory recall and understanding
  • Skills Demonstration:               (60%) to assess practical skills and knowledge
  • Assignment:                             (20%) students must apply knowledge to answer complete an assignment outlined in a  case study brief with specific guidelines e.g. carry out a manual handling risk assessment, discuss a case study or devise a lesson plan as a Manual Handling Instructor.

Quizzes and assignments will be undertaken through Moodle and assignments uploaded through Moodle.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessments

Indicative Syllabus

1 Have a basic knowledge of the legislation in relation to manual handling in the workplace.

  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulation 2007: Manual Handling Regulations

2 Recognise and describe risk factors associated with manual handling activity and workplace conditions and the development of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly to the back.

  • Anatomy of the Spine, Work Physiology, Fitness and Flexibility,
  • Introduction to Ergonomics, Biomechanics and Anthropometrics
  • Musculoskeletal disorder risk factors

3 Describe and demonstrate safe handling practice and workplace organisation to reduce the risk of the development of musculoskeletal disorders.

  • Ergonomics Principles
  • Case studies

4 Design and communicate instruction for safe handling practice and its importance in the workplace.

  • Train The Trainer Elements
    • Theory
    • Practical
    • Instructional Skills

5 Perform simple manual handling risk assessments

  • Risk Assessments Checklist for Manual Handling Assessment
  • Ergonomic Assessment and Auditing Techniques

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Theory quiz Coursework Assessment Multiple Choice/Short Answer Test 20 % Week 3 1,2
2 Case Study Brief Coursework Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 6 5
3 Skills demonstration Coursework Assessment Assignment 60 % Week 12 3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2005-12-16 A Guide to Human Factors and Ergonomics CRC Press
ISBN 9781134458677 ISBN-13 1134458673

Completely revised and updated, A Guide to Human Factors and Ergonomics, Second Edition presents a comprehensive introduction to the field. Building on the foundation of the first edition, titled Guide to Ergonomics of Manufacturing, the new title reflects the expanded range of coverage and applicability of the techniques you will fin

Recommended Reading
2018-12-19 Bodyspace CRC Press
ISBN 9781315360560 ISBN-13 131536056X

In the 20 years since the publication of the first edition of Bodyspace the knowledge base upon which ergonomics rests has increased significantly. The need for an authoritative, contemporary and, above all, usable reference is therefore great. This third edition maintains the same content and structure as previous editions, but updates the material and references to reflect recent developments in the field. The book has been substantially revised to include new research and anthropometric surveys, the latest techniques, and changes in legislation that have taken place in recent years. New coverage in the third edition: Guidance on design strategies and practical advice on conducting trials Overview of recent advances in simulation and digital human modes Dynamic seating Recent work on hand/handle interface Computer input devices Laptop computer use and childrens use of computers Design for an aging population and accessibility for people with disabilities New approaches to risk management and new assessment tools, legislation, and standards As the previous two editions have shown, Bodyspace is an example of the unusual: a text that is a favorite among academics and practitioners. Losing none of the features that made previous editions so popular, the author skillfully integrates new knowledge into the existing text without sacrificing the easily accessible style that makes this book unique. More than just a reference text, this authoritative book clearly delineates the field of ergonomics.

Required Reading
2017-03-16 Fitting the Human CRC Press
ISBN 9781315398372 ISBN-13 1315398370

This new edition undergraduate introductory textbook follows the motto of the previous versions: "Solid information, easy-to-read, easy to understand, easy to apply." The aim remains the same: "Human engineering" workplaces, tools, machinery, computers, lighting, shiftwork, work demands, the environment, officers, vehicles, the home and everything else that we can design to fit the human. The new edition is up-to-date in content and language, in data and illustrations. Like previous versions, this book is for students and professionals in engineering, design, architecture, safety and management and to everybody else who wants to make work safe, efficient, satisfying, and even enjoyable.

Recommended Reading
1997-07-31 Fitting The Task To The Human, Fifth Edition CRC Press
ISBN 9780748406654 ISBN-13 0748406654

Our working conditions have undergone rapid and fundamental changes during the last few years. One example is the widespread use of the individual computer in the shop, office and home. Another major development is that women now hold many jobs that used to be in the male domain, and that many more women choose a life-long occupational career. Workforces, tasks, conditions and tools are changing. Many office and industrial workers are tied to human-machine systems. Repetitive work can create cumulative health problems such as the often reported visual strains, mental stress and physical injury. Proper ergonomic measures can avoid such harmful effects and instead promote health conditions which are both efficient and agreeable. In this latest edition of Fitting the Task to the Human, Professor Karl Kroemer has revised and updated the text and data while remaining true to the spirit of Professor Etienne Grandjean's earlier editions. This aim is, as before, to impart basic knowledge of occupational ergonomics in a straightforward and lucid fashion to those responsible for the design, management and safety of people in the workplace, and to those who study it.

Required Reading
1998-12-18 The Occupational Ergonomics Handbook CRC Press
ISBN 0849326419 ISBN-13 9780849326417

Occupational ergonomics and safety studies the application of human behavior, abilities, limitations, and other characteristics to the design, testing, and evaluation of tools, machines, systems, tasks, jobs, and environments for productive, safe, comfortable, and effective use. Occupational Ergonomics Handbook provides current, comprehensive knowledge in this broad field, providing essential, state-of-the-art information from nearly 150 international leaders of this discipline. The text assesses the knowledge and expertise applied to industrial environments: Providing engineering guidelines for redesigning tools, machines, and work layouts Evaluating the demands placed on workers by current jobs Simulating alternative work methods Determining the potential for reducing physical job demands based on the implementation of new methods Topics also include: Fundamental ergonomic design principles at work Work-related musculoskeletal injuries, such as cumulative trauma to the upper extremity (CTDs) and low back disorders (LBDs), which affect several million workers each year with total costs exceeding $100 billion annually Current knowledge used for minimizing human suffering, potential for occupational disability, and related worker's compensation costs Working conditions under which musculoskeletal injuries might occur Engineering design measures for eliminating or reducing known job-risk factors Optimal manufacturing processes regarding human perceptual and cognitive abilities as well as task reliability Identifying the worker population affected by adverse conditions Early medical and work intervention efforts Economics of an ergonomics maintenance program Ergonomics as an essential cost to doing business Ergonomics intervention includes design for manufacturability, total quality management, and work organization. Occupational Ergonomics Handbook demonstrates how ergonomics serves as a vital component for the activities of the company and enables an advantageous cooperation between management and labor. This new handbook serves a broad segment of industrial practitioners, including industrial and manufacturing engineers; managers; plant supervisors and ergonomics professionals; researchers and students from academia, business, and government; human factors and safety specialists; physical therapists; cognitive and work psychologists; sociologists; and human-computer communications specialists.

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