Manual handling in the workplace involves a range of tasks that, if done incorrectly, can have a detrimental impact on the health of your workers.

Tasks like lifting boxes, using hand tools, operating machinery, cleaning, painting and packaging must be done correctly to prevent injury.

What is manual handling?

Manual handling injuries include:


Back and neck injuries


Joint injuries




Slips and falls


Stress fractures


Cuts, bruises and broken bones


Strains and sprains


Occupational overuse syndrome (OOS)

Fortunately, most manual handling injuries can be prevented by managing the task and minimising risk. Training and supervision are essential to both recognise hazards and implement safe working methods.

Proper manual handling training provides employees with the skills to safely undertake manual handling tasks and reduce the risk of injury. Appropriate training empowers participants to ensure they are working safely, comfortably and productively.

What is manual handling training?

Our manual handling training services have both theoretical and practical components. Participants gain a full understanding of manual handling and are able to apply what they have learned to their role within the workplace.

Training also helps employees understand and comply with Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) requirements.

Our manual handling training covers key requirements including:

What are the benefits of this training?


Health and safety legislative requirements


Anatomy and biomechanics of injuries


Safe manual handling techniques


Work fitness and pause stretch exercises


Risk assessment and management

On completion of the course, all participants receive a certificate of completion and additional course notes about manual handling. All training is provided by a qualified occupational therapist, physiotherapist or exercise physiologist.

The length of time training takes depends on each customer and their needs. Factors including workforce size, location and industry specifics are all considered when tailoring training to clients.

Generally, training takes a minimum of 2 hours, but may take longer if your workforce is large with complex needs.

Rehab Management can provide different training programs to suit your needs, including:

How long does this training take?


Group workplace training


Train the trainer


Advanced manual handling training

Participants are welcome to attend individual and small group sessions at any of our Rehab Management offices located nationally.

Or, our qualified allied health professionals can come to your workplace to conduct specialised sessions with your staff.

Where does this training take place?

Manual Handling Assessments

A manual handling assessment is an assessment of all the physical demands and tasks completed in a workplace.

Conducting a manual handling assessment identifies any physical or environment hazards that can put workers at risk of sustaining an injury.

Information provided in a manual handling assessment includes:

What are manual handling training assessments?


Analysis of employment activities (including what areas of workers body are most at risk of injury).


Information about current workplace injury data.


A detailed explanation of control measures to reduce risks.


Identification of workplace injury hazards.

There are a number of benefits in having Rehab Management complete a manual handling assessment, including:

What are the benefits of a manual handling assessment?


Identify risks to avoiding injury and associated claims.


Improve employee work efficiency and physical function.


Improve staff morale by identifying improvements to their workplace health and safety.

At the conclusion of the assessment, your qualified occupational therapist, physiotherapist or exercise physiologist undertaking the assessment will provide you with a comprehensive report identifying all physical risks and recommendations for short and long-term workplace improvement.

The length of time an assessment takes depends on the individual client and their needs. Factors including workforce size and complexity can increase or decrease the amount of time a manual handling assessment will take.

Manual handling training and assessments often go hand in hand, so a minimum period of around 2 hours is recommended for workplaces to get the most out of our allied health professional’s expertise.

How long do manual handling assessments take?

We offer cost-effective manual handling assessments for individuals or small groups. One of our allied health professionals will come to your workplace to conduct an assessment session.

Each session covers the key requirements for each topic and takes a practical approach so workers can apply what they have learned back in their workplace.

Where can I get a this assessment?

What is good manual handling practice?

To help reduce the risk of injury, follow these safety practices:


Plan your lift

Size up the weight of the object and plan your lifting action.



Move close to the load and correctly position your feet.


Lift correctly

Straight back, bend knees, brace abdominals, take secure hold.


Back straight

Lift using the strongest muscles of your body with a straight back.

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