Manual Handling training is important if you in a role where you need to use some force to lift, lower, push, pull, restrain something such as a load, a person or animal. The handling of something does not even need to be particularly heavy because you could be required to be in an awkward position or be doing something repetitively – the risks of which being you risk sustaining an injury. This makes manual handling a potentially hazardous activity. This half day manual handing training course is focused on the core activities and understanding of effective manual handling techniques. If you work within the heavier manufacturing industry, then the full day Manual Handling Course involving 3 Units of Competency (MEME11011, MEM13015,MEM16006) may be more suitable training.



Course Dates

  • UOC: TLID0020 - Shift Materials Safely using Manual Handling Methods
  • Cost: From $195
  • Duration: 1/2 Day

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Course Details



From $195



1/2 Day




Delivery Methods

Delivery Methods

  • Classroom
  • On-site
  • In-person
  • Groups
Unit Of Competency

Unit Of Competency

TLID0020 - Shift Materials Safely using Manual Handling Methods

When it comes to Manual Handling, organisations have a duty of care to ensure that risks associated with the activity of handling things manually are minimised. In fact legislation and safety legislation and codes exist at national, state and even industry level specifically for this.  – However, manual handling training can be overlooked in the context of other WHS responsibilities organisations have.

Under Australian legislation a hazardous manual task is defined as “a task requiring a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move, hold or restrain any person animal or thing,
involving one or more of the following:

  • Repetitive or sustained force
  • High or sudden force
  • Repetitive movement
  • Sustained or awkward posture
  • Exposure to vibration.

So, if you are involved in any form of manual movement check you are trained or request this accredited training to help protect yourself and your work colleagues. If you are an organisation it is worth checking that safety training schedules accommodate this important area of training for manual handling risk minimisation.


Manual Handling – What is Manual Handling & Preparation for Manual Handling
  • Products, goods or materials to be relocated are identified and assessed to determine appropriate relocation method
    • Manual handling, Identifying loads for relocation
  • Storage locations are determined and potential routes to be followed are identified
    • Determining storage locations, Identifying potential routes
  • Effect of load relocation on original load base is predicted
    • Predicting the effect of the load relocation
  • Points of balance are estimated
    • Estimating points of balance
  • Required clearances are compared to available space and adjustments are made to moving loads to reflect required clearance
    • Comparing required clearances
  • Effects of moving contents, which may be loose, liquid, dangerous or hazardous, are considered
    • Considering effects of moving contents
  • Risks in potential routes are considered
    • Considering risks in potential routes
  • Risks to self are identified arising from the required lifting, load carrying, set-down or movement of the goods
    • Identifying risks to self, Risk assessment tools
  • Manual handling procedures for lifting, lowering and carrying, pushing andpulling are identified
    • Following manual handling procedures
  • Team lifting processes are considered when moving loads
  • Considering team lifting processes
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment is determined
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Size to weight ratio of items to be manually handled are identified
    • Calculating load size, load weight & ratio
2. Planning the manual handling load relocation
  • Relocation of the load is planned, consistent with the code of practice for manual handling and in accordance with the risk assessment
    • Planning relocation of the load
  • Process for relocating load is proposed including predicting and planning for potential difficulties
    • Proposing the relocation process, Task organisation, Workflow
  • Proposed process is checked for compliance with code of practice and workplace procedures
    • Checking the proposed process
3. Relocate loads using manual handling methods
  • Actions for lifting, lowering and carrying, pulling and pushing a load are in accordance with workplace procedures and WHS/OHS requirements
    • Fulfilling manual handling procedures and requirements, General guidance on manual handling techniques
  • Applications appropriate for team relocation of load are identified
    • Identifying appropriate applications

If you successfully complete this course, you will receive a certificate which indicates the Statement of Attainments as recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. This is a nationally recognised certification. The Statement is issued by us, Harness Energy (RTO 40521).

The Manual Handling Training ‘Statement of attainment’ is for the Nationally Accredited Units of Competency:

  • TLID0020 – Shift Materials Safely using Manual Handling Methods

The Certificate is usually needed as evidence for your employer for safety and compliance requirements

Course Requirements

No Course re-requisities apply for basic Manual Handling Training. Please note this is a classroom based training course with practical components. Also review the important requirements applicable to all courses.

Additional Infomation

Roles & Industries

  • General Labourers
  • Warehouse staff
  • Office staff
  • Animal handlers
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Agriculture
  • Warehousing & Distribution
  • Forestry,Paper & Pulp
  • Transport & Logistics
  • Retail & Health Sectors
  • Resources Sector
  • Stock movement at awkward angles
  • Handling people or animals
  • Moving something repetitively
  • Moving packages of awkward sizes

Frequently Asked Questions

Manual handling training becomes important when manual tasks are repetitively done or cause greater stress to the physical body will need to be managed carefully and in consideration of the associated risks. These types of manual tasks are also known as hazardous manual tasks. This manual training training is focused around protecting each individual and minimising risks of injury that could happen due to the nature of the manual handling being undertaken.

This is different from general areas of manual handling tasks which are necessary at work; for example carrying items of equipment to your workstation, reaching into filing cabinets, or restocking shelves and workspaces with necessary supplies. Such activities will involve lifting, reaching, bending, moving, and twisting. When manual handling and manual tasks are done infrequently or with light loads, and only incur a small amount of stress to the body, these are generally not a cause for concern.

Manual Handling is suited to many working in a broad range of industries including Agriculture, Warehousing & Distribution, Resources sector, Transport & Logistics, Defence – and all the way through to Retail. and also While relevant to other industries including health (eg Nurses and Disability Support Personnel, Vets) our focus at Harness is the training for those working in medium to high risk industries. If you work in Manufacturing, we have developed a comprehensive Manual Handling Course which includes 3 units of Training Competency – instead of the one that is part of this course.

Manual Handling are activities that involve lifting, reaching, bending, moving, and twisting. Done infrequently, these manual handling activities usually only incur small amounts of stress on the body. When done repeatedly or at a level that can cause greater stress on the body then the activity needs more careful management and consideration – and it is why Manual Handling Training exists.

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