TLID0020 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods

Injuries sustained from incorrect technique when manually shifting loads effect workers across a range of industries and can be easily mitigated.

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Lifting heavy loads, repetitive movement and other manual tasks can lead to injuries to a worker’s musculoskeletal system. These injuries are often very painful, and in some cases can still be felt long after an incident has occurred.

Any person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) is required by law to provide a safe workplace and safe systems of work – this extends to ensuring workers are protected from the risks associated with manual handling.

Manual handing training is a short course that teaches participants how to identify risks associated with lifting heavy items and undertaking repetitive work and provides best practice skills on how to do so safely. It also teaches how to use lifting equipment and other PPE associated with moving items.

For those whose work involves needing to lift, move, push, pull, carry, hold, or restrain objects, then having the training to do so safely is a must.

Participant lifting an archive box using safe manual handling techniques.

About this course

This manual handling training course is designed to raise awareness of Musculoskeletal Disorders and their impact, how to reduce risk of manual handling injuries, risk factors and principles of safe manual handling.

Duration: Half-day (4 hours)

Student/trainer ratio: 15:1

Course objectives and content

  • Follow manual handling safe work procedures to minimise the risk of injury.
  • Identify work health and safety (WHS) manual handling hazards.
  • Undertake a manual handling risk assessment.
  • Appropriate posture and use manual handling techniques to reduce muscle load on exertion.
  • Utilise appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Use manual handling lifting devices safely.
  • Undertake safe manual handling work practices for handling loads.

Qualifications for successful participants

Statement of attainment in:

TLID0020 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods

TLID0020 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods FAQs

A person’s musculoskeletal system is made up of the the muscles, bones, joints and all the connective tissue and ligaments that hold it all together. Injuries to the musculoskeletal system can be incurred in numerous ways, including straining, repetitive movements, and unexpected movements.

There are several types of injuries that can be incurred including:

  • Back injuries
  • Compression and nerve injuries such as carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Soft tissue injuries like hernias
  • Sprains of muscles, tendons, and ligaments


While many injuries are acute, or short term, there are many that can continue to impact a person over a long term. In some cases, injuries could be felt for a person’s entire life. It is vital that employers, managers, and team members all work to ensure risks of these types of injuries are mitigated as much as possible in every workplace.

Any persons who in their workplace is or may be required to lift, move, push, pull, carry, hold, or restrain objects. This may include any person from entry level to senior management.

Additional information about training at HSE

All necessary equipment and learning materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be provided for training completed at our training facilities. Please wear comfortable clothing and enclosed footwear.

A literacy and numeracy quiz will be conducted prior to the start of the course. This assists us in providing adequate course material to all our students. It is recommended that participants have:

  • Numeracy skills to
    • calculate basic sums using addition, substraction, multiplication and division.
    • locate and recognise numbers commonly used in safety signage.
  • Reading skills so
    • identify and interpret information from workplace procedures, documentation and regulations.
    • follow safety instructions that are written in English.
  • Writing skills to
    • produce or complete written documents and forms commonly required in the workplace.
    • maintain records of tests and results.
    • form short sentences and paragraphs in English.
  • Communication skills to
    • use a range of techniques and systems to communicate with others.
    • ask clarifying questions.
    • inform others of hazards and report incidents.
    • communicate required actions.
    • verbally communicate with others in English.
  • Problem solving skills to
    • identify hazards and risks.
    • select and implement risk control measures.
  • Computer skills to
    • follow basic instructions to access specific websites.
    • answer multiple choice questions.
    • save documents.


Some courses will have practical components that require participants to physically push, pull, carry or climb. Participants with physical limitations are urged to speak to their trainer prior to completing practical activities to determine if reasonable adjustments can be accommodated. Participants who cannot perform practical components may be issued a certificate of attendance in lieu of the statement of attainment.

Participants must also be eligible to receive nationally recognised training within Australia. They must also provide us with a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) upon enrolment. If you do not have a USI, one can be created here: CLICK HERE.

Some courses will have prerequisite training that will need to be completed prior to undertaking the selected course. A statement of attainment for the prerequisite course must be presented prior to the start of training. Please refer to the FAQ section, above, for details of any prerequisites your course may have.

Height Safety Engineers does not offer recognition of prior learning and/or credit transfer due to the high-risk nature of our training courses. It is also anticipated that participants will be new entrants or refreshing knowledge and skills in the area of study.

This will depend on the type of visa that you have.

For example restrictions apply to international visitors who hold a Student Visa. Any course undertaken by a Student Visa holder must be conducted by a provider who is registered on CRICOS. As Elbon Consulting Services Pty Ltd is not CRICOS approved we are unable to accept enrolments into any of our courses from any international visitor that holds a Student Visa.

International visitors who hold a Working Holiday Visa may be eligible to enrol into our courses once they arrive in Australia. This is important as some occupations in Australia will have legislative and/or licencing requirements relating to qualifications. International visitors will still be required to provide a valid USI (Unique Student Identifier) prior to enrolling into any Nationally Recognised Training. When registering for your USI number if you select Non-Australian Passport (with Australian Visa) as your form of ID, you will need to enter your Non-Australian passport number when creating your USI. The following details on the passport must match in order to verify in the USI registry system:

  • Family Name
  • Given Name(s)
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Country of Passport

Students from New Zealand will not be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport until your passport has been registered with the Australian Department of Immigration. This will only happen when the student crosses the border into Australia. Once the passport is registered with the Department of Immigration it can be verified and the student will be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport.

If you are an International Visitor, you will need to provide a copy of your Visa and/or Passport by emailing Your Visa details will be verified for eligibility to participate in accredited training within Australia. If you are ineligible, a full refund of fees paid will be provided.

We may be able to provide you with learning support. If you think you may need assistance with reading and/or writing, please contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist.

Training can be conducted in one of our dedicated state-of-the-art training facilities or be conducted on your site with the use of our mobile training simulators

Ready to book your team into TLID0020 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods?

Simply click the enquiry button above. If you have any questions, please contact our training team on 1300 884 978. We would be happy to provide you with any more information you might need.