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Overview | Manual Handling Training

Manual Handling Training is a crucial program designed to address the widespread issue of workplace injuries resulting from improper handling techniques. This essential training equips participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to recognise potentially hazardous manual tasks and execute them in a manner that minimises risk.

Through a comprehensive approach that combines theory with practical application, individuals learn to assess risks, implement safe handling techniques, and use mechanical aids effectively. Our goal is to promote a culture of safety and prevent manual handling injuries, which are among the most common causes of workplace disability.

The Manual Handling Training curriculum is tailored to cover a range of topics, including the anatomy and physiology of the human body, the mechanics of movement, and the principles of leverage and force. Participants are trained to identify risk factors associated with manual handling tasks, such as lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, and repetitive motions. They also learn about the importance of ergonomics and workplace design in reducing injury risks. With a strong emphasis on practical exercises, trainees have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in real-world scenarios, ensuring they are fully prepared to handle manual tasks safely in their workplace.

Upon completion of the Manual Handling Training, participants will have a thorough understanding of how to approach manual tasks safely, effectively reducing their risk of injury. They will be adept at using manual handling equipment and aids, and capable of applying correct lifting and handling techniques that protect against strain and injury.

This Manual Handling training is essential for employees across all industries, particularly those in healthcare, construction, manufacturing, and warehousing, where manual tasks are frequent. Investing in Manual Handling Training is not just a compliance measure, but a critical step towards fostering a safer, more productive workplace.

Tailored Manual Handling Training for Every Industry

Our Manual Handling Training is expertly customised to meet the unique demands and challenges of various industries. Understanding that each sector has its own specific needs when it comes to safe handling practices, we’ve designed our training programs to address these differences directly. Here’s how we tailor our Manual Handling Training for key industries:

  • Healthcare: With a focus on patient handling techniques, our training equips healthcare workers with the skills to safely move patients, reducing the risk of injury to both staff and those in their care.

  • Construction: Emphasising on the safe handling of heavy materials and equipment, our program prepares construction workers to tackle the physical demands of their roles while minimising injury risks.

  • Manufacturing: We tailor our manual handling training to cover the specific challenges faced by manufacturing employees, including the handling of heavy or irregular items, ensuring they can maintain productivity without compromising safety.

  • Warehousing and Logistics: Our program is designed to address the diverse manual handling tasks within these sectors, from safely stacking shelves to efficiently loading and unloading goods, reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.

  • Retail: Focused on the safe handling of stock and merchandise, our training ensures retail staff can prevent injuries while managing inventory, even during peak shopping periods.

  • Hospitality: We customise our manual handling training to help hospitality workers safely move heavy furniture and equipment, ensuring they can set up and manage venues without risking injury.

  • Agriculture: Recognising the varied and physically demanding nature of agricultural work, our training includes safe handling practices for equipment and materials commonly used in farming operations.

  • Office Environments: Tailored to the less obvious but still present risks in office settings, our training covers ergonomic principles and safe handling of office supplies and equipment.

  • Cleaning and Facility Maintenance: Our program equips cleaning and maintenance staff with the knowledge to safely handle heavy cleaning equipment and supplies, ensuring they can perform their duties efficiently and safely.

  • Transportation: Designed for those in the transportation sector, our training ensures drivers and delivery personnel can safely handle and transport goods, preventing injuries during loading and unloading processes.

By offering industry-specific Manual Handling Training, we ensure that every participant receives the most relevant and effective education to address the risks they face in their particular work environment. Our commitment to customisation not only enhances safety across all sectors but also boosts compliance, employee confidence, and workplace efficiency.


Students who are deemed competent will receive a Statement of Attainment, which is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. This training is nationally recognised:

Intrinsic Safety Pty Ltd (RTO45803) is responsible under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 for the quality of the training and assessment being delivered in this course and for the issuance of all AQF certificates.

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  • Group Bookings: Custom payment solutions for every team. We’ll work with you to set up terms that align with your needs and ours.

This course can be delivered/assessed in the workplace or at a facility organised by Intrinsic Safety Pty Ltd (RTO 45803).

Course Duration & Modes

  • Face to Face Training: 7-hour intensive, hands-on session.
  • Blended/Refresher Training: Mix of online pre-learning and 4-hour practical session, ideal for skill updates.

Each format is tailored to different learning styles and schedules, ensuring effective and efficient Manual Handling Training.

Our detailed course outline ensures a thorough grasp of:

Understanding Hazardous Manual Tasks:

    • What Are Hazardous Manual Tasks?
    • Risk Factors That Make A Manual Task Hazardous
    • Nature And Extent Of Risk From Manual Tasks
    • Function Of The Spine During Manual Tasks

Legislative and Workplace Guidance:

    • Legislative Requirements
    • Guidance Material On Hazardous Manual Tasks
    • Worker Consultation About Workplace Health And Safety

Roles and Responsibilities:

    • Roles And Responsibilities Of Employers / PCBU
    • Roles And Responsibilities Of Workers

Ergonomics and Safe Work Practices:

    • Correct Body Posture For Manual Tasks
    • Role Of Muscles In Performing Manual Tasks
    • Principles Of The Body’s Levers Performing Manual Tasks
    • Why Using Your Legs To Lift Is Preferred
    • Using Correct Posture And Handling Techniques
    • Avoiding Lifting Objects Above Shoulder Height
    • Avoiding Twisting Whilst Turning During Manual Tasks
    • Performing Work Within Personal Physical Capacity

Risk Management and Safety Enhancements:

    • Reducing The Risk Of Hazardous Manual Tasks
    • Improving Workplace Layout
    • Improving Workplace Environment
    • Improving Task And Workflow
    • Preparing And Packaging Loads For Movement
    • Using PPE To Reduce Risk Of Injury
    • Use Of Mechanical Aids And Handling Devices
    • Operational Features Of Mechanical Aids And Equipment
    • Pace And Scheduling Of Work

Reporting and Procedures:

    • Reporting Hazardous Manual Tasks
    • Procedures For Reporting Symptoms Or Injury
    • Activities To Improve Manual Task Safety

Assessment Methods

We provide a well-rounded assessment process that encompasses both practical tasks and scenarios, as well as written theory assessments, throughout the training. This comprehensive approach ensures a thorough evaluation of your skills and knowledge, allowing you to demonstrate your competency in real-world application and theoretical understanding.

Specific assessment tasks to be undertaken include:

  • Knowledge Assessment
  • Manual Handling Risk Assessment – Practical
  • Undertake a Lifting Task – Practical
  • Undertake a Lowering Task – Practical
  • Undertake a Carrying Task – Practical
  • Complete a Discomfort Survey – Practical

Entry Requirements

  • Pre-Course Study: Depending on the course mode, online pre-course work may be required before the face-to-face session.
  • Online Study Requirements: A computer, smartphone, tablet, or similar device with internet access is needed for online or pre-course studies.

For comprehensive details on your rights and responsibilities, including our complaints and appeals process, kindly refer to the Pre-Enrolment Participant Handbook on our website.

We’re committed to fostering an enriching learning environment. Key to this is understanding your Language, Literacy, Numeracy (LLN), and Digital Literacy skills, essential for your course success.

  • LLN Evaluation Verification

  • Digital Literacy Checklist

  • Formal LLN Evaluation

    • Tailored Support: If required, you can complete our Formal LLN Evaluation online, helping us understand your skill levels for personalised support.

These tools ensure you start your course with all the support you need for a successful learning journey. For any questions or extra assistance, feel free to contact our support team at [email protected].


Pre-Enrolment Participant Handbook

Intrinsic Safety Pty Ltd (RTO 45803) offers a detailed pre-enrolment participant handbook for those interested in our programs. This handbook helps you understand your rights when you enrol with us.

We advise you to read and understand the handbook thoroughly before enrolling in any nationally accredited training program offered by Intrinsic Safety Pty Ltd. This ensures you are well-informed about the enrolment process and the program details.

If there is anything in the handbook where you require further clarification, please do not hesitate to call Intrinsic Safety on 1300 990 336 and one of our friendly team members will be more than happy to assist you.

LLN and Digital Literacy

You can complete these activities, using the links below now, or once you have enrolled:

  • LLN Evaluation: It’s important for us to understand your language, literacy, and numeracy skills to best support your learning. Please complete the LLN Evaluation Verification, accessible HERE.
  • Digital Literacy Checklist: To ensure you’re prepared for our digital learning environment, please fill out the Pre-Enrolment Digital Literacy Checklist available HERE.
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