Safer People Handling Risk Assessment

Learn how to minimise risks with our safer people handling risk assessment.

It is vital that suitable and sufficient risk assessments are carried out in health and social care settings wherever people-handling activities take place. The implementation of suitable risk controls, will help to ensure that the safety and health the workforce and that service users are safeguarded.

The effective management of risk is central to providing a safe work environment. This popular occupational health and safety training course is based on the specific requirements of the health and social care sectors in relation to the movement of people.

  • Provides delegates with a detailed understanding of knowledge of the relevant risk factors. risk reduction strategies and legal requirements
  • Provides delegate with the opportunity to explore different types of risk assessment documentation
  • All delegates that successfully complete the criteria of this course, will be awarded a RoSPA Training Certificate

Discounts are available for RoSPA Members.

This safer people handling risk assessment course aims to provide delegates with the skills and knowledge to carry out moving and handling risk assessments and implement suitable risk controls in health and social care settings at ward, department or home level, for people and objects.

On completion delegates will be able to:

  • Explain the role of relevant legislation and guidelines relating to safer moving and handling
  • Explain and demonstrate the principles of risk assessment and their application in a health or social care setting
  • Identify risk factors and implement appropriate risk reduction strategies that are person centred
  • Recognise the role of different measurement tools/assessments and how they can be used for different situations

Who should attend?

People who have responsibility for carrying out moving and handling risk assessments in the health or social care sector.

Delegates should have experience in moving and handling people and/or objects. They are likely to have attended the Safer People Handling Trainers course.

Further information

It is important to recognise that risk assessments should be undertaken in close liaison with affected parties, such as back care advisers, moving and handling trainers, and key/link workers.

Delegates will be asked to bring risk assessment documentation used in the workplace.

Course content

  • Overview of back pain and musculoskeletal injury
  • Risk factors in moving and handling
  • Legal requirements with respect to moving and handling
  • An ergonomic systematic approach to risk assessment
  • Risk reduction strategies
  • People handling assessments and documentation
  • Appropriate equipment purchase based on evaluation and assessment
  • Evaluation of risk assessment forms
  • Networking of techniques.


Those who complete the course and pass the written exam will be awarded a RoSPA Safer People Handling Risk Assessment Certificate, valid for three years.

Prior to expiry delegates should attend and complete a re-qualification course.

Location Duration Dates
Birmingham 2 Days 18/02/2019
Edinburgh 2 Days 05/11/2018


All prices are subject to VAT.

Having an employee with knowledge of how to conduct safer people handling risk assessments within your organisation has a number of benefits.

Most obviously, it will identify moving and handling hazards within your organisation and allow the reduction and minimisation of these for the resident/client and carer.

The delegate will also gain an overview of back pain and musculoskeletal injury, as well as the legal requirements with respect to moving and handling.

In-company Training

More and more organisations are now using an in-house approach to deliver training to their colleagues. RoSPA is one of the UK's main providers of in-company safety training and can deliver existing courses, adapt a course to meet your requirements or create a course specifically for you.

RoSPA can even carry out a training needs analysis and map out exactly what training your staff need at all levels within the business. You can view our full range of In-company Training courses by looking at our In-company Training page.

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