Manual Handling

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (2006) describes Manual handling as "....a range of activities including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, moving, holding or restraining an object, animal or person. It also covers activities which require the use of force or effort such as pulling a lever, or operating power tools". Many costs result from any manual handling injury. These include:

Costs for the Employer:

  • Compensation for lost earnings and medical expenses;
  • Increased workers' compensation premiums;
  • Damage to property and equipment;
  • Lost production time;
  • Cost of accident investigation;
  • Training new employees, and
  • Reduced commitment.

Costs for the Employee:

  • Loss of physical health and fitness;
  • Loss of social well-being;
  • Financial loss, and
  • Impact on future employability.

Course Overview

It is a requirement that all employees in the Australian health care system must undertake an initial and annual manual handling training session and assessment. This complies with the WHS Act (2011) and the Manual Handling Code of Practice.

We are able to provide you with individual sessions in our training room on Thursday each week. Perhaps you would like to contact us about visiting your facility to undertake a group training session.

Our training session is over a day in which students receive both theoretical and practical exposure to the requirements for the workplace.

Upon successful completion of this course, participating students will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion to verify their attendance and assessment.