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Manutention Training and Work, Health and Safety 

Manutention training is an approach to manual tasks where participants are taught to apply the risk management process, eliminate sources of risk, use equipment where at all possible and then how to position and use their body when physical handling is required. It is based on biomechanics, human movement, martial arts, weightlifting, and abseiling.  


Every course contains explicit teaching on risk management processes, the hierarchy of control and the Codes of Practice How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks, Consultation and Cooperation and Hazardous Manual Tasks. As training progresses through each level, a higher degree of application of risk management skills, problem solving abilities and control strategy implementation is required. In each accredited course, activities concerning work health and safety legislation and regulations and 

the Code of Practice Hazardous Manual Tasks are included.

There is always continual practice at using the hierarchy of control:

  • Can I eliminate this task

  • Can the load be substituted or broken down into something easier 

  • Can I use engineering or equipment solutions, change the layout, alter the system of work

  • Can I/ should I use two people for the task

  • Is sufficient training and rehearsal of the task, including contingencies included 

  • How can I use the properties of the load or the capabilities of the person I am assisting to help minimise my effort 



Manutention is compatible with a focus on ergonomics. In first applying ergonomics to design the workplace to suit the worker and adjust the workplace, the worker can then use biomechanically based postures and actions to allowing the work to be completed with comfort, security and efficiency and reduce the risk of injury.

​Manutention is consistent with no lift or minimal lift policies. Slide sheets, height adjustable beds, hoists and trolleys are all part of Manutention courses. In conjunction with the use of equipment, the user is taught to position their body safely and use the transfer of body weight, rather than grunt to obtain movement of the load. 

What sectors are covered in Manutention based training?


  • Acute Care

  • Aged Care

  • Loads

  • Disability

  • Self Safety with Clients


Competency based, customised and short courses are available in all these streams.

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