Conduct Manual Tasks Safely

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise potentially hazardous manual handling tasks, and then to prepare for and complete those tasks in a safe manner.

This course applies to all workers involved in manual handling tasks.

Cost Code


Course Duration

  • 4 hours face-to-face
  • 2 hours face-to-face with the completion of an online pre-course workbook

Award Issued

Successful participants will receive a Statement of Attainment for the following units of competency:

  • HLTWHS005 – Conduct Manual Tasks Safely

Re-certification Requirements

There are no re-certification requirements with this course.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Contents

  1. Identify manual tasks involving risk:
    • Recognise manual tasks that may involve risk to self or others
    • Identify risk factors that make the manual task hazardous
    • Determine the nature and extent of the risk
    • Follow organisation procedures for controlling hazardous manual tasks
  2. Prepare for manual tasks:
    • Prepare workplace layout and environment according to organisation procedures
    • Organise task and workflow appropriately
    • Prepare and package loads for movement, taking account of specific requirements for different materials and organisation procedures
    • Select and use personal protective equipment appropriate to the task
    • Ensure task is within personal capabilities
  3. Complete manual tasks
    • Use appropriate posture and handling techniques to reduce muscle load on exertion
    • Select, adjust and use mechanical aids and handling devices according to manufacturer’s instructions
    • Pace and schedule tasks according to procedures
  4. Contribute to safe work practices
    • Identify hazardous manual tasks and report to supervisor according to organisation procedures
    • Follow organisation procedures for reporting symptoms of injury or actual injury to self and others
    • Participate in workplace safety activities and contribute to the improvement of manual tasks
    • Contribute to risk management approach to reduce risks from manual tasks

Is a USI (Unique Student Identifier) Required?

Yes, a USI must be obtained in order to receive a Statement of Attainment as this is a nationally recognised unit of competency.


$90 per person.

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