Manual Handling

Course Outline



Manual Handling

(4 - 5 hour course)

Unit Codes:
MEM11011B - Undertake Manual Handling

WHO should complete manual handling training?

Manual handling training should be provided to:

  • Workers required to carry out, supervise or manage hazardous manual tasks
  • In-house designers, engineers and officers responsible for the selection and maintenance of plant and/or the design and organisation of the job/task
  • Any health and safety representatives.

(Safe Work Australia – Code of Practice Hazardous Manual Tasks 2011)

WHY do you need manual handling training?

The Law:

Section 21 of the OH&S Act 2004 (Vic.) requires that employers provide an adequate level of information, instruction, training and supervision to employees to enable them to work safely.

Safe Work Australia – Code of Practice Hazardous Manual Tasks 2011
Training in the type of control measures implemented should be provided during induction into a new job and as part of an on-going manual task risk control program. The training should include information on:

  • Manual task risk management, including the characteristics of hazardous manual tasks
  • Specific manual task risks and the measures in place to control them
  • How to perform manual tasks safely, including the use of mechanical aids, tools, equipment and safe work procedures
  • How to report a problem or maintenance issues.

WHAT is manual handling?

A musculoskeletal disorder is defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 (Vic.) as:

“an injury, illness or disease that arises in whole or in part from manual handling in the workplace, whether occurring suddenly or over a prolonged period of time, but does not include an injury, illness or disease that is caused by crushing, entrapment or cut 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?



$160.00 (GST exempt) per person

WHEN are the manual handling courses conducted?

Friday 13th April 2018 or

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:

  • Minimum 8
  • 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?

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27.06.17 - Aaron H
Paul presented the information well and involved students in discussion.
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Explained points in an interesting way!
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