Safe Manual Materials Handling (1/2 / 1 day)*


Are your employees at risk of injury as a result of manual handling practices?

This practical on-site course is designed to assist supervisors, line-managers and key personnel deal with the essential factors important for good manual materials handling practices, encouraging them to actively seek alternative means of moving materials – and treating manual handling as the last resort.

The approaches to manual handling covered in the course are consistent with legislative intent and direction.  The purpose of the course is not just to train a group of workers how to lift “safely”, but to develop the participants’ knowledge, skills and understanding of the manual handling issue, its problems and solutions – skills and understandings which remain with the organisation long after the training has finished.

The course emphasises a practical, results-oriented approach to problem identification and solving.

Course Outcomes:

  • Understand the nature of workplace manual handling practices (viz lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, wearing, stretching, stooping)
  • Understand the role and importance of workplace design, job/task design and administrative initiatives in controlling manual handling issues
  • Recognise the relevance of factors such as posture, excessive reach, rotation, repetition, etc on the manual handling task
  • Practical assessment of the whole workplace and work flows to identify manual handling practices (good and bad) and propose alternative (remedial) practises
  • Consider alternative strategies to address the materials handling need and the development of appropriate manual handling practices
  • Develop a basic understanding of human physiology and anatomy (including structure and function of the spine), biomechanics, anthropometry, working postures, muscles and movement

Additional Modules

Moving People  – for Health Care Institutions

  • Implementing a “no manual handling” policy
  • Basic principles of patient moving
  • Special strategies of people movement (special purpose lifts, team lifts, etc)
  • Particular problems of patient and people movement

Instructional and Training Techniques 

  • Principles of adult learning
  • Acquisition of skill
  • Lesson development and preparation
  • On-the-job training and practice (including video filming if appropriate)

Duration: A series of 1/2 or 1 day programs tailored to the needs and priorities of your organisation.

* This course is only offered as an in-house program.

Contact our team of qualified experts to arrange in-house training for your team.