Manual Materials Handling

Identify and control risk factors associated with manual materials handling to prevent injuries at your workplace.

A worker lifting a box from a stack in a warehouse.

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Every workplace includes tasks that involve manual materials handling: lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing, pulling, holding or restraining. When the work exceeds a worker's physical capabilities, however, serious injuries can result.

Learn how to prevent manual material handling (MMH) injuries at your workplace by developing the skills needed to identify and control risk factors associated with MMH work.

This course includes case studies with discussion summaries and other examples to illustrate the concepts, as well as practical tools such as sample forms and checklists. Quizzes throughout the course and an exam help to measure and encourage learning.

Topics include:

  • The importance of manual materials handling safety
  • Risk factors focused on a LOAD, TASK, CONDITIONS model
  • Injury prevention
  • Lifting techniques and exercise to prevent back injuries
  • Mechanical aids, pushing, pulling and shoveling
  • Specific load types, jobs and tasks

Upon completion of the course you will know how to:

  • Describe common injuries that can arise from MMH
  • Identify risk factors that can contribute to injuries and recognize when work may exceed one's physical capacity
  • Reduce fatigue, thereby preventing injuries
  • Access information about injury prevention for specific MMH tasks

Average time to complete this course is approximately one hour.

Target Audience

Employers, supervisors and managers, and workers can all benefit from taking this course. Employers will learn how to reduce injuries associated with MMH, while supervisors and managers will learn how to recognize when work may exceed a worker's physical capacity. Workers will learn to identify when work may be too physically strenuous, and to notify a supervisor about these conditions.



Delivery Method

This course is delivered as an on-line e-learning course. All you need is a computer, access to the Internet - and you are ready to go! This e-learning course is designed to help you learn at your own pace and in your own environment at your own convenience.


Registration for this course is provided online, or by contacting Client Services or calling 1-800-668-4284.

Review Process

CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by subject specialists in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible.

VuBiz Partnership

We partnered with Vubiz - an international leader in e-learning development - to create this e-course.

Vubiz offers other related e-learning courses that may also be of interest to you. Read about them in the Vubiz Catalogue of e-learning courses.