Manual Handling


Manual Handling

(4 hour course)

Unit Codes:
  • MEM11011B Undertake manual handling

WHO should complete manual handling training?

Staff who are exposed to manual handling hazards (which have not been eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level) should be provided with information, instruction or training on how to perform hazardous manual handling with the least risk. Additional Entry Requirements:
  • Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Applicants must satisfy the Language, Literacy and Numeracy requirements as outlined below
  • Experience performing manual tasks is preferred but not mandatory

WHY do you need manual handling training?

The Law:
Section 21 of the OHS Act 2004 (Vic.) requires that employers provide an adequate level of information, instruction, training and supervision to employees to enable them to work safely.
WorkSafe Victoria – Your health and safety guide to hazardous manual handling 2017:
Where manual handling risks cannot be eliminated or otherwise controlled to an acceptable level employers “must use information, instruction or training to show employees how to perform hazardous manual handling with least risk”

WHAT is manual handling?

A musculoskeletal disorder is defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (Vic.) as: “an injury, illness or disease that arises in whole or in part from hazardous manual handling, whether occurring suddenly or over a prolonged period, but does not include an injury caused by crushing, entrapment or cutting resulting primarily from the mechanical operation of plant”

WHAT is covered in manual handling training?

This course provides trainees with information, instruction and training about the manual handling hazards, risks and control measures. This will help you or your employees to understand:
  • Legal obligations for manual handling
  • Musculoskeletal disorder
  • Hazardous manual handling tasks
  • Identifying hazardous manual tasks
  • Hazardous manual handling task characteristics
  • Manual handling risk assessment
  • Manual handling control measures

WHERE are the manual handling courses conducted?



  • $2000.00 (GST Exempt) Per Session.
(Maximum group size of 12 applies to this course.)

WHEN are the manual handling courses conducted?

At a mutually agreeable date & time. Contact WAM Training to schedule a course on your site.

Duration & course times:

1/2 day course (07:45am – 12:00pm Approx.)

Course numbers:

  • Maximum 12


  • Enclosed shoes


Trainees will be assessed using a short-answer written test and a practical assessment involving the use of manual handling equipment.


Upon successful completion, trainees will receive a Statement of Attainment and Proof of Training Card.

Language, Literacy & Numeracy:

Trainees need to be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required and numeracy to work by themselves and as part of a team with some accountability of their own work areas in defined and routine tasks. Trainees must be able to utilise workplace documentation using basic written English, with limited guidance.

Health note:

The training and assessment may involve bending, crawling, and light to medium lifting. Please refer to ‘Student Health Form’ for further advice.

How Safe is Your Workplace?

If safety is important to you and your staff are operating any elevating work platforms, you must always ask yourself the question “How safe is your Workplace?” How Safe is Your Workplace?


14.04.18 – Anonymous

The course was fantastic.

27.06.17 – Aaron H
Paul presented the information well and involved students in discussion.

27.10.16 – Matt
Explained points in an interesting way!

27.10.16 – Anonymous
Great to know new things, good job WAM trainers.