Manual Handling Training

“Your hazards, your risks, your tasks, your safety systems – your manual handling training”

Manual handling is the most common cause of injury in Australia. $8 billion in worker’s compensation premiums were paid by Australian Employers in the 2005-06 financial year.*

Manual handling (now manual tasks 2010) means more than just lifting or carrying something. The term ‘manual tasks’ is used to describe a range of activities including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, moving, holding or restraining an object, animal or person. This means that all of your employees are exposed to and are at risk of manual handling injuries.

Australian WHS legislation requires employers to identify, assess and control workplace hazards. One of these hazards is the risk of injury caused by manual handling (tasks). The national standard for manual handling (tasks) requires that all tasks in your workplace which involve manual handling (tasks) are identified and that the risk of injury is assessed. Where there is risk of injury, suitable ‘control measures’ must be introduced. Manual handling (task) training is one such control measure.

Excellence in Manual Handling Training

All our manual handling training programs are written using evidence based material and the most up to date Australian Legislation. Corporate Work Health Australia’s training team are fully qualified Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Exercise Physiologists who pride themselves on delivering effective, easy to understand, ‘jargon’ free training, best suited for up to 12 staff members.

Corporate Work Health Australia brings a wealth of experience of working across a broad spectrum of both public and private sectors of industry offering a full and varied portfolio of services aimed at reducing the costs associated with musculoskeletal injury.

Easy to Understand

Our fully qualified training team can provide ‘real life’ examples of injuries they treat daily which reinforces the importance of applying good manual handling task techniques and teaching the ‘why’ behind the ‘how’ of good technique that people can relate to. The training ensures delegates acquire safe manual lifting and handling practical skills specifically to their work environment and reinforces the importance of good technique being applied to all aspects of everyday life.

Wade Brennan

Wade Brennan

Physiotherapist & Trainer
B App. Sc (phty), Cert IV & Dip WHS, Cert IV TAE

“Having to treat the damaging effects of poor technique and posture, and high risk work on the spine on a daily basis I am often asked why we didn’t learn this in the past?

Our fun, interactive courses go a long way to improving our clients understanding of the spine, why training and understanding risk factors is so important and preventing the epidemic that is low back pain in 2016.”


Heath Williams

Heath Williams

Osteopath & Trainer
B.Sci M.O. Grad.Cert.Tert.Ed, Cert IV & Dip WHS, Cert IV TAE

“The delegates we train really enjoy learning about what happens to the body when you continuously stress the tissues using poor technique.

As they discover how valuable this information becomes to everyday life they become very involved in active discussions in the course. They can then really appreciate what good manual handling is all about. This really is a topic that every one of us should understand better and begin implementing on a daily basis.”


Customisation is Key!

Corporate Work Health Australia is proud to rise above the generic. We understand that different industries require different manual handling (task) training, which is why we work with our clients in developing customised manual handling training tailored to their workplace and solutions that really work. We ensure that our manual handling training courses meet our client’s exact manual handling training needs including visual, practical and written materials where appropriate.

Benefits to Employers

  • Control and minimise the costs of workplace injuries from manual handling (tasks)
  • Reductions in back injuries, shoulder injuries and repetitive injuries
  • Comply with workplace health and safety legislation to provide a safe workplace
  • Improve worker’s understanding of the risk assessment and risk control processes
  • Increase the participative approach to reducing manual tasks risk factors and workplace safety culture
  • Decreased absenteeism & increased productivity
  • Reduced exposure to health and safety risk

Corporate Work Health Australia’s mission is simple:

“FEWER Injuries, QUICKER Recoveries, HEALTHIER Bodies, IMPROVED Staff morale, REDUCED Absenteeism, INCREASED Productivity, REAL Savings….”

Manual Handling Training Courses

Corporate Work Health Australia provides a range of services in Work Health & Safety consulting, including offering a number of manual training and assessment packages for the workplace. We cater for all size companies and offer clients a variety of ways to provide manual tasks training and assessment for their workforce.

This service provides highly professional training, risk assessment and recommendations regarding manual tasks and their associated hazards in the workplace using current Australian legislation.

1.5 hour Manual Handling Training ‘Direct to the Workforce’ Practical Skills Course

Who: This manual handling training course is designed for the office worker and allows our consultant to come to the workplace and train groups of up to 12 office workers on how to identify, reduce and complete manual tasks safely within their work environment.

Why: Manual handling training for the office worker enables the worker to be educated on manual tasks risk factors, and practice simple manual handling tasks specifically to their role. An often underestimated source of manual handling injuries are the lighter, repetitive tasks often found in the office.

2.5 hour Customised Manual Handling Training ‘Direct to the Workforce’ Practical Skills Course

Who: Companies looking to create and deliver industry specific manual handling training to workers in their industry. This manual handling training course is designed for the worker who completes manual tasks on a daily basis. It involves a two step process (initial site visit and design, followed by training delivery) allowing a course to be delivered which is customised to specific workplace tasks, hazards, risk assessment tools and control measures. This allows our consultant to come to the workplace with a course designed specifically for your company and train groups of up to 12 workers on how to identify, reduce and complete manual handling safely within their work environment.

Why: Manual handling training specific to your industry enables the worker to practice common manual handling tasks specific to their role. A review of the workplace prior to the manual handling training allows us to design a tailored manual handling course that meets your company needs. Theoretical and practical training is delivered specifically to your industry.


  • Onsite workplace viewing and consultation, including photographs and video of core workplace manual handling (tasks)
  • Manual handling training program design
  • Delivery of 2.5 Hour manual handling training with theoretical and practical components designed specifically for your industry
  • Step-by-step practice of common manual handling tasks in the workplace

Training Objectives of Both Manual Handling Courses Include:

  • Briefly define manual handling and the need for training
  • Discuss the research findings surrounding manual handling training, including what training should include
  • Discuss common manual handling tasks and the related issues relevant to the workplace
  • Explain in simple terms the basic anatomy and biomechanics of the body and how manual tasks injuries occur
  • Define cumulative strain and relate this to one’s work roles
  • Discuss worker’s legislative duties, participation and consultation
  • Define manual tasks risk factors – what is a hazardous manual task?
  • Educate workers on simple risk assessment strategies including the hierarchy of control
  • Educate workers on incorrect movement patterns, the semi-squat and leg lift techniques
  • Educate workers on twisting and turning, pushing and pulling and team lifting
  • Introduce self-application of the principles of hazard identification, risk assessment and control measures for common manual handling tasks
  • Workers to know the limits of their competence and identify when it is unsafe to continue with a task and when professional advice/guidance should be sought
  • Answer any further questions related to manual tasks in the workplace

Sit-Safe Ergonomic Training

Injury Prevention for the Seated Worker Training

After years of experience treating employees from a vast array of industries Corporate Work Health Australia has put together a highly cost effective strategy to educate multiple seated staff members onsite. ‘Sit-safe’ is our program designed specifically for seated workers. A registered Physiotherapist or Osteopath will facilitate the training sessions that include both theoretical and practical components, emphasizing the importance of postural awareness and optimal workstation setup in the workplace.

Who Would Benefit From This Seminar?

  • Workers who are required to perform desk based work tasks in an office environment or home work environment.
  • Workers who are required to “hot desk” in the work environment.
  • Companies who would like to promote a more active workplace and educate their workers on how to improve their sitting and working postures and ergonomics.
  • Companies who have identified that there are current ergonomic issues or a number of workers who are suffering from musculoskeletal strains and sprains in the workplace.

Sit-Safe Ergonomic & Manual Handling Training

Who: Suitable for those workers who carry out both a high volume of sitting and manual handling tasks occasionally i.e. office worker.

Subjects Covered Include:

  • Back to basics: the cause of back pain in society today
  • Basic review of anatomy of the body and why/how injuries occur, including common injury sites, causes and symptoms
  • How to improve your seated posture
  • How to avoid strains and sprains by varying your work tasks, and improving your workplace ergonomics and manual handling techniques
  • How to adjust the chair and workplace ergonomic equipment, desk, keyboard, monitor, mouse, telephones
  • The importance of keeping active in the workplace and simple strategies to implement this
  • How to identify hazardous manual tasks and reduce the associated risk
  • Tips and techniques for lifting, carrying pushing and pulling
  • Simple stretches and mobility exercises to help reduce strains and sprain

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