Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling

Manual handling injuries are the main cause of lost working days. These occur due to sprains and strains resulting from the incorrect lifting and movement of objects, such as putting boxes on shelves, painting, gardening, cleaning, etc.

We offer Highfield accredited qualifications, which ensure regulatory compliance and minimise the potential costs that can be incurred from work-related lifting injuries.

Who is this qualification for?

This course is aimed at all levels of employees who may undertake manual handling operations, including the transporting of a load of items by lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof by hand or by bodily force. This qualification can be taken by learners who are starting or returning to work or who need specific training in manual handling. It is also suitable for refresher training.




Understanding the reasons for safe manual handling

  • The potential injuries and ill health associated with incorrect manual handing.

  • Employers and employees duties relating to manual handling at work.

  • The consequences for non-compliance with health and safety requirements at work.

Understanding how manual handling risk assessments contribute to improving health and safety

  • The terms 'hazard' and 'risk' in the context of manual handling work.

  • The process for carrying out a manual handling risk assessment.

  • The principle of the risk control hierarchy when applied to manual handling

Understanding the principles, types of equipment and testing requirements associated with manual handling safety

  • Safe movement principles associated with manual handling.

  • The types of equipment designed to be used for manual handling tasks.

  • The requirements for the testing, servicing and examination of manual handling and lifting equipment.

Applying safe manual handling principles

Efficient and safe manual handling principles when:

  • Applying effort to, or moving a load or object manually on their own;

  • When using manual handling aids and equipment;

  • When undertaking a manual handling task as part of a team.



Minimum age requirement is 14

Course dates

Given upon purchasing a course

Course timings



Given upon purchasing a course

Course duration

The course duration is 10 hours.

Course location

Wood Green Works, 40 Cumberland Road, London N22 7SG or Customer location.

Document requirements


  • a valid passport (any nationality)

  • a signed UK photocard driving licence

  • a valid warrant card issued by HM forces or the police

  • another photographic ID card, e.g. employee ID card, student ID card, travel card etc.

Proof of address

  • Two Proofs of address - utility bills, council tax, etc.


  • Two passport size photographs




Results are available within 10 working days of the exams. HIGH PASS RATE


Successful candidates will receive a Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling from a recognised awarding body within England and Wales. It is valid for a period of 3 years and can be renewed by attending another Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling course.

How is the qualification assessed?

This qualification is assessed in 2 parts, by a multiple-choice examination and a practical examination.

Part 1: Learning outcomes 1-3 are assessed by multiple-choice question examination. Learners must answer at least 9 out of 15 questions correctly to achieve a pass.

Part 2: Learning outcome 4 is assessed by practical assessment.

Group bookings and in-house delivery

We can deliver the training at your location/premises for up to 12 or more learners.


For more information and group booking discounts please contact us.

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