Work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), including manual material handling(MMH) injuries, are the most common type of occupational ill health in the world and their prevention is a priority for health and safety commission/executives (HSC/HSE). It is important to remember that:

  • things can be done to prevent MSDs;
  • preventive measures are cost effective;
  • you cannot prevent all MSDs

In less industrialised countries, all kinds of muscle work is common but in spite of rapid technology in the industrialised countries, there are about 10-20% of workers employed for jobs requiring physical muscle work. Manual material handling involves mixed dynamic and static muscle work with large muscle groups which results to physiological demands. Muscular contractions (Dynamic or static) and amount of muscle mass are important factors in physical workloads as well as physiological strain responses. Duergo uses ergonomic tools in anatomy, biomechanics, anthropometry and postural analysis of workers engaging in manual material handling in evaluating a productive and safer job task.

Duergo’s measures for dealing with risks from manual handling include:

  • avoiding of hazardous manual handling operations so far as reasonably practicable;
  • assessing any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided;
  • and reducing the risk of injury so far as reasonably practicable.




Summary: A comprehensive 1 day course which provides attendees with the skills and knowledge needed to carry out effective MMH risk assessments.

Provider: DUERGO LTD
Location: Nigeria
Duration: 1-3 days
Knowledge/experience needed: None

Who should attend?

This training is suitable for anyone who has been asked (or volunteered) to carry out Manual material handling assessments by their employer, and has an interest in (or responsibility for) staff and their welfare, including line managers, safety, HR, facilities and healthcare professionals.

Why should you attend?

Carrying out effective MMH risk assessments:


  • saves money by helping people stay at or return to work, reducing sickness absence
  • prevents avoidable Musculoskeletal diseases
  • provides real help to anyone suffering pain/discomfort at work
  • increases productivity
  • ensures compliance with Nigerian criminal and civil law, protecting your reputation and reducing the likelihood of compensation claims
  • improves morale by clearly demonstrating commitment to safety and welfare

This interactive and hands-on training receives strong positive feedback for its comprehensive and informative content, delivered in an accessible and informal way. Attendees are encouraged to share any of their own MMH experiences and raise queries and questions at any point – for example, regarding the application of techniques or processes within their own organisation.

The course has a strong focus on practical assessment techniques and the identification and resolution of common issues. A full, deconstructed mock workstation assessment using real MMH equipment is included, with a wide variety of alternative equipment and task provided for demonstration, trial and discussion.

Continuously updated, this course is delivered by a fully qualified  Ergonomist and experienced occupational safety professional, whose previous roles include physiotherapist to both the Lagos state teaching hospital and Ogun state general hospital.

Award-winning, easily accessible public course venues are carefully selected to provide the best possible training environments.

This training is also available in-house for individuals or groups – Please contact us for more details.

Expected outcomes

At the end of the training, attendees will have an understanding and appreciation of:


Knowledge and understanding:

  • be able to recognise and be able to discuss physical ergonomics issues including anthropometry, physical work place (postural) assessment, biomechanics, anatomy and physiology.

 Subject-specific skills

  • demonstrate evidence-based reasoning and make critical judgements about ergonomic issues
  • find, assess, abstract and synthesis ergonomics evidence from a variety of sources relating to human function, including detection of patterns and evaluation of significance in ergonomics data
  • demonstrate competence in ergonomic skills through practical activities
  • initiate, design, conduct and report an empirically-based project in human function recognising theoretical, practical and methodological implications and limitations
  • make recommendations (with supported reasoning) to improve an occupational or leisure task from a human function perspective
  • observe, record accurately and give an objective account of human action in both laboratory and real-world settings
  • collect and organise quantitative and qualitative data, undertake appropriate analyses, and abstract and interpret relevant information
  • act professionally and in accordance with ethical propriety

Key/Transferable skills

  • collect, present and analyse data in quantitative and qualitative formats
  • act in a manner appropriate to professional circumstances
  • manage self-learning: seek out sources of information, plan time to make the best use of resources and review priorities in the light of deadlines.

Course Content

  • Brief introductions
  • Your role as a MMH assessor
  • Introduction to health and safety law
  • Risk assessment tools, and group exercise
  • Risks to health associated with MMH
  • Ergonomics / Human Factors
  • The Health and Safety (Manual Material Handling Assessment) Regulations and HSE guidance
  • Mock assessment and assessment practice
  • Resolving common issues
  • Manual Material Handling aids
  • Training assessment (multiple choice)
  • Questions, feedback and close


There is a short multiple-choice assessment at the end of the course to check understanding.


What’s included?

Public course fees include all course materials, refreshments, lunch and unlimited future use of our MMH risk assessment paperwork, if required.  Attendees receive:

  • Course certificate (on successful completion)
  • MMH risk assessment forms
  • Posture handout
  • MMH Assessor guidance
  • Copy of presentation slides


Recommended pre-quiste

Employers, safety officers, safety representatives, manual material handlers, patient handlers and others may also find these ergonomic tools useful to identify high risk manual handling operations and help them complete their risk assessments.


Our current public course training venues include the Four point hotel in Lekki, Sheratons hotel in Ikeja and Nicon Luxury in Abuja. We do always try to arrange public courses around the needs of our clients, so if you are interested in MMH Assessor training but none of the locations listed suit, please let us know.  Training is available throughout the whole of the Nigeria and abroad as required.


Public course fees are 280,000  Naira per person (VAT not applicable).  In-house course fees vary depending on the number of attendees and location of the training.  We are proud to say that Duergo limited is one of the pioneering  company offering this expertise in Nigeria. Please contact us for more details.