This unit is from the Health Training Package and is Nationally recognised.

The unit is concerned with the workers ability to carry out their work in a safe manner.  Work will usually be performed within a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures.

Unit of Competency:

  • HLTHSE204B Follow safe manual handling practises


  • Follow organisational procedures, for a particular task, to minimise risk of injury
  • Utilise and implement strategies as directed to improve workplace organisation

Course Objectives:

This course is designed as a hands on workshop to give employees and supervisors of all sizes of organisations practical skills to:

  • Describe the legislation and code of practice relating to manual handling
  • Describe what happens to the human body during manual handling activities
  • Participate in the identification, assessment and control of manual handling hazards
  • Demonstrate correct lifting techniques
  • Demonstrate basic back care and stretching

Course Content:

  • Manual handling definition
  • Musculo-skeletal disorders (MSD’s)
  • Legislation
  • How the body bears load
  • Destructive forces versus integrative forces in movement
  • Identifying bending joints in the body
  • Principles of safe lifting
  • How to set out your workstation
  • Practical application
  • Risk Management process
  • Hazard Identification
  • Risk assessment
  • Eliminate/Control Risk
  • Evaluate and Monitor the process

Nominal Duration:

4 hours

Who Should Attend:

The target audience is any employee or supervisor who is exposed to manual handling hazards or involved in manual handling risk assessments.


Course Support Materials provided:

  • Course Notes

Training Methods: 

The course will be presented by group discussion, role plays, video, syndicate exercise, case studies, and face to face lecture. The course is interactive and practical.

Course Assessment:
The assessment criteria for this course will be based on both informal and formal processes (as per  Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) requirements for competency based training).

The assessment methods used during the course will be:

  • Practical group exercises
  • Group discussions
  • Group/Individual Risk Management Exercise

Statement of Attainment in the following unit of competency:

  • HLTHSE204B Follow safe manual handling practises

N/A  Although it is recommended to have refresher training on an annual basis

The units of competency are nationally recognised and are registered on the National Training Information Service website http://www.ntis.gov.au