This manual handling course focuses on how to carry out work safely to remove or minimise the risk of injuries. The course provides participants the tools on how to lift and move materials manually and/or use basic manual handling equipment in a safe manner.

Participants will learn both the theory of why they need to follow safe manual handling practices including the demonstration of safe lifting techniques.

The following unit(s) will be awarded to successful participants in this course. The certificate will be issued by Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909.

Award issued on completion

HLTWHS005 – Conduct manual tasks safely

It is recommended this unit be renewed every 24 months in line with industry standards. Locate the most current training package at

Provider of Training and Assessment

This course is delivered and assessed by Safety Ba6 in partnership and under the auspice of Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909.

Course Delivery 

This course will be delivered in the workplace or at a Safety Ba6 training facility.

If you are under 18 years of age

It is a requirement that parental/guardian consent is obtained for students under the age of 18 to be able to participate in a course.  The form for this can be found here.

Work Placement Arrangements

No work placement will be required as part of this course.

Course Duration (face to face)

  • Face to Face 4 hours (minimum) – full face to face course
  • Refresher training 2 hours (minimum) – conditions apply for this option, for example, you will need to provide previous current certificates.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

  • Completing any vocational education course in Australia, it is a requirement for you to obtain and supply a USI. This is obtainable from if a USI is not supplied and verified with a certificate cannot be issued to you.


ASSESSMENT – THEORY – Question paper

You will be assessed on:

  • Key information from work health and safety (WHS) regulations relating to manual tasks and national code of practice
  • Role and responsibilities of the employer and employees in relation to manual handling safety
  • Ways in which individual workers are involved in consultation about workplace health and safety
  • Reporting mechanisms required for workplace injury and compensation claims
  • Key aspects of the risk management approach to manual tasks
  • Risk factors and potential sources of risks of hazards manual tasks:
    • Repetition
    • Forces
    • Postures
    • Vibration
    • Systems of work
  • Types of manual task activity and the types of injuries that can result
  • The relationship between the human body and the risk of injury from performing manual tasks
  • Functions of the human body:
    • Basic function of the spine
    • Body postures
    • Types of muscles
    • Principles of levers
  • Manual handling techniques that support safe work practices:
    • Preparing the load/client
    • Preparing the environment
    • Using the stronger muscles in the legs where possible, rather than spinal muscles
    • Maintaining a neutral spine when lifting and carrying
    • Avoiding lifting objects about shoulder height
    • Minimising repetitive movements
    • Positions not held for long periods of time
    • Avoiding twisting by re-positioning feet whilst turning
    • Types and operational features of mechanical aids, tools, and equipment


Physical demonstrations (skills)

The simulated assessment environments will reflect the real-life working environment where these skills and knowledge would be performed, with all the relevant equipment and resources of that working environment.  Skills must be demonstrated by the student working individually in an environment that provides realistic in-depth, industry-validated scenarios and simulations to assess students’ skills and knowledge.

It’s important that students have knowledge of the content of this course. The assessable practical skills are listed below.

You will be assessed on performing manual tasks scenario and task demonstrations for:

  • Report symptoms of injury or actual injury
  • Complete a discomfort survey
  • Identify a manual task involving risk
  • Undertake risk assessment and complete a risk assessment form
  • Prepare for the manual task
  • Safely complete the manual task