Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling (RQF)

Why should we train and what are the benefits?

This qualification is aimed at anyone involved in manual handling.

Learners gaining this qualification will know that good manual handling techniques and an understanding of the risks involved, will help to reduce the risk of injuries and long term illness.

The objective of the qualification is predominantly to support a role in the workplace, however may also be suitable for younger learners preparing for employment or wishing to progress onto further learning in a related subject.

Who is it for / requirements?

This qualification will introduce learners to moving and handling activities required for those starting work, returning to work or who need specific training in manual handling, as well as being a suitable qualification for refresher training. The objective of the qualification is to prepare learners for employment or to support a role in the workplace.
Learners gaining this qualification will understand that moving and handling must be carried out correctly and will recognise its importance in ensuring a safer working environment.

Course Programme

  • Reasons for safe manual handling
  • Risk assessments
  • Manual handling equipment
  • How to apply safe manual handling principles.


This qualification is assessed by a multiple-choice examination and a practical examination.

  • 15-question multiple-choice examination that must be completed within 30 minutes
  • Practical assessment


  • At our training centres
  • At your site

Awarding Body


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Course Length

10 hours

Additional Information

Understand the reasons for safe manual handling.
1.1. Outline the potential injuries and ill health associated with incorrect manual handing.
1.2. Outline employers and employees duties relating to manual handling at work.
1.3. Outline the consequences for non-compliance with health and safety requirements at work.
2. Understand how manual handling risk assessments contribute to improving health and safety.
2.1 Explain the terms ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’ in the context of manual handling work.
2.2 Outline the process for carrying out a manual handling risk assessment.
2.3 Describe the principle of the risk control hierarchy when applied to manual handling
3. Understand the principles, types of equipment and testing requirements associated with manual handling safety.
3.1 Describe safe movement principles associated with manual handling.
3.2 Outline the types of equipment designed to be used for manual handling tasks.
3.3 Outline the requirements for the testing, servicing and examination of manual handling and lifting equipment.
4. Be able to apply safe manual handling principles.
4.1 Demonstrate efficient and safe manual handling

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