Manual Handling and People Handling training is a statutory requirement. The Health and Safety Authority has confirmed that there are no exemptions or relaxation of the statutory requirements under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 or associated regulations with respect to this training in the COVID-19 emergency.
The HSE have issued guidance on risk assessments for the provision of manual and people handling training in Covid-19. https://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/safetywellbeing/healthsafetyand%20wellbeing/safetystatementsandriskassessments.html
Included is a COVID-19 Manual Handling Training Prompt Sheet. This prompt sheet (PS:037) gives guidance on the requirements for the provision of manual and people handling training currently and will be of interest to all who are organising training in the current circumstances. Prompt Sheet: PS:037 – Covid 19 Manual Handling Training.