Manual handling: staff briefing

You have a statutory duty to protect your staff from injury from hazardous handling. Use this 30-minute briefing to help your staff feel safe and confident handling heavy objects in the classroom and beyond.

Last reviewed on 18 January 2024
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  1. 30-minute briefing: manual handling

30-minute briefing: manual handling

Use this presentation to help all of your staff feel safe and confident moving and supporting heavy objects. This briefing allows you to provide examples based on your own school context.

You'll cover:

  • What manual handling is and the risks associated with it
  • What to look out for before they perform a manual handling task
  • How to lift and move objects safely
  • How to reduce the risk of injury
  • Real-life scenarios that put staff's learning into practice

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PowerPoint presentation for staff manual handling briefing PPTX, 7.6 MB

Facilitator notes

Use these facilitator notes as your step-by-step guide to prepare for and deliver this briefing.

Facilitator notes for manual handling briefing DOC, 5.8 MB

Staff handout

Download this handout of the briefing's key points, to share with staff.

Staff handout for manual handling briefing DOC, 173.5 KB

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