Special Needs Manual Handling & People Handling for Carers

Special Needs Manual Handling & People

Handling for Carers


Special Needs Manual Handling Next Course Dates: contact us for further details

Course Duration: 5 hours

Venue: C1 Centre Point, Business Park, Dublin 12                                                                        

The training course can also be delivered to your premises at any time.

Guardian Safety’s Special Needs Manual Handling & People Handling for carers course is aimed at meeting the requirements of the “Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005” that applies to moving and handling in the workplace.

Workers face many physical demands, particularly in relation to lifting when caring for people with special needs or disabilities. Children and Adults with special needs can sometimes have complex care needs that require the application of proper manual handling techniques, these lifting and handling techniques have to be implemented to ensure the safety of the client and the worker.

The one-day course is designed to instruct employees/carers in the theory and practice of safe manual handling for people with special needs.  There are two modules in the course with manual handling taking place in the morning and people handling taking place in the afternoon.

Our expert trainers can tailor the training sessions to suit the needs of carers working with special needs clients that require manual handling assistance.

Objectives of the Special Needs Manual Handling

On completion of part one of the course participants will be able to:

  • Recognise a load that is too heavy or awkward
  • Understand the limitations of the spine and muscular system
    • Conduct a manual handling risk assessment
    • Lift and handle loads safely.
    • Dangers of careless and unskilled methods
    • Manual handling legislation
    • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
    • Principles of levers and laws of motion
    • Anatomy of the spine and muscular system
    • How the body is harmed through incorrect manual handling techniques
    • Importance of physical fitness
    • Personal protective equipment
    • How to handle loads safely
    • Practice in safe manual handling of loads to include:-
      • Lifting to and from ground level
      • Lifting to and from a height
      • Pushing
      • Pulling
      • Lifting bags/sacks or other loads appropriate to the workplace

Objectives Special Needs People Handling

The second part of the course is highly interactive involving the practical application of a range of lifting and handling techniques in relation to people with special needs. This part of the course is hands-on and can be suited to the client’s specific needs where practical.

Guardian Safety Trainers

Guardian Safety is a FETAC registered training provider and all instructors are fully qualified in Manual Handling/People Handling holding a minimum of FETAC level 6 Manual Handling Instructor and People handling instructor as well, as a train the Trainer.

Methods of training
This course combines theory with ‘hands-on’ practical work with different types of materials that are commonly lifted in your workplace. In addition to this, the practical application of lifting and handling techniques for people with special needs or disabilities will be demonstrated and practiced by all participants.

Guardian Safety Certificate of Attendance (Valid for 3 years)

Maximum Participants per Course: 10

Who Should Attend

Any personnel working with people with special needs or disabilities.


Theory test and practical demonstration.

Additional Information

DVD and laptop/projector presentations are used. Notes on safe Manual/People Handling are provided for each participant.

Special Instructions for This Course

Any special needs/requirements should be identified at the time of booking.

How to book

Email info@guardiansafety.ie

Phone 01-4243013 or 085-7177021

Book on line Special Needs Manual/People Handling Course

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