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HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely

Information about the course:

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise potentially hazardous manual tasks, and then to prepare for and complete those tasks in a safe manner.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice. The Hazardous manual tasks code of practice applies to this work.

Target audience:

This unit applies to all workers involved in manual handling tasks.


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Award issued:

Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment for: 
  • HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely

Course duration:

  • Full course: 4-5 hours face-to-face training
  • Refresher course: 2-4 hours face-to-face training

Pre course study options:

There is no pre course study required for this course.

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Where can this training be delivered?

The course requires training either at the workplace, so students can develop skills consistent with the job environment, at a simulated workplace or in a classroom setting

(HLTWHS005) How will I be assessed for this course?

The following assessment tasks are required for this course:

  • Theory Questions consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions
  • Simulated Practical Scenarios

(HLTWHS005) What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?

Performance Evidence

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be evidence that the candidate has:

followed legally compliant workplace procedures to prepare for and complete at least 3 different manual tasks relevant to the work role

contributed to a consultation process about improving manual handling safety

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

key information from work health and safety (WHS) regulations relating to manual tasks and national code of practice

role and responsibilities of the employer and employees in relation to manual handling safety

ways in which individual workers are involved in consultation about workplace health and safety

reporting mechanisms required for workplace injury and compensation

key aspects of the risk management approach to manual tasks

risk factors and potential sources of risks of hazardous manual tasks:

  • repetition
  • forces
  • postures
  • vibration
  • systems of work 

types of manual task activity and the types of injuries that can result

the relationship between the human body and risk of injury from performing manual tasks

functions of the human body:

  • basic function of the spine
  • body postures
  • types of muscles
  • principles of levers

manual handling techniques that support safe work practice:

avoiding lifting objects above shoulder height

  • preparing the load/client
  • preparing the environment
  • using the stronger muscles in the legs where possible, rather than spinal muscles
  • maintaining a neutral spine when lifting and carrying
  • using two hand to lift or carry
  • keeping the load close to the body/centre of gravity
  • minimising repetitive movements
  • positions not held for long periods of time
  • avoiding twisting by repositioning feet whilst turning

types and operational features of mechanical aids, tools and equipment

(HLTWHS005) Where can I access a copy of the Training Package?

You can access a copy of the Training Package here