Manual handling basics

Information for employers about WorkSafe's new education program Manual handling basics.

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Manual handling basics is a free education program for Victorian employers, supervisors and managers. It is an online program, comprising 2 x 2 hour sessions hosted via Microsoft Teams.

If you want learn how to prevent injuries due to hazardous manual handling in your workplace, this program is for you.

Benefits of attending Manual handling basics

Designed exclusively for small and medium businesses in Victoria, the program will:

  • improve your knowledge about hazardous manual handling in the workplace
  • improve your understanding your occupational health and safety (OHS) obligations
  • show you how to spot the early warning signs of an injury due to hazardous manual handling
  • show you how to access WorkSafe's support tools and information
  • teach you how to do a risk assessment
  • help you implement a simple risk management approach to prevent manual handling injuries in your workplace

The sessions are facilitated by experts in ergonomics and OHS, who can provide feedback and advice on managing the risks of hazardous manual handling in your workplace.

Eligibility criteria

The program is designed for:

  • employers, managers and supervisors with OHS responsibilities
  • small and medium sized Victorian employers, with 1-199 staff, including full-time, part-time and casual workers

Getting started

To register for Manual handling basics please click on the registration link and select the dates you would like to attend – ensuring you select one date for session 1 and one date for session 2. Please note:

  • Sessions are running between Tuesday 2 May to Tuesday 23 May 2023.
  • Places for each session are limited, and restricted to eligible applicants only.
  • If you're interested in participating, but unable to attend the session dates below, please contact us to register your interest for future sessions.

What's included?

Session 1

  • Hazardous manual handling and musculoskeletal disorder basics
  • OHS compliance requirements
  • How to identify hazardous manual handling in your workplace and prioritise tasks for action

Register for session 1

Session 2

  • How to conduct a risk assessment
  • Applying the hierarchy of control
  • Reviewing and monitoring risk controls

Register for session 2


If you have any questions or would like further information about the program please email: [email protected]

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