Safety Consulting & Training

‘Be S.A.F.E.R’ Manual Handling Training Programs

Muscular stress from hazardous manual handling causes 33% of all serious claims. Most jobs involve carrying out some type of manual task using the body to move or hold an object. Manual tasks cover a wide range of activities including stacking shelves, working on a conveyor line, handling animals and entering data into a computer.

Bodycare offers a variety of solutions to assist clients minimize the incidence and risk of hazardous manual handling. The structure of each program is tailored to the individual needs of the company, in light of the particular working conditions and the nature of injuries suffered by workers.

Manual Handling Training at Bodycare

What is Manual Handling?

Manual Handling Operation Regulations define the practice of manual handling as ‘any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or by bodily force’.

Therefore, any activity that requires an individual to lift, move or support a load, will be classified as a manual handling task.

Hazardous Manual Handling Tasks

  • Repetitive or sustained awkward postures, force or movement
  • High or sudden force
  • Exposure to sustained vibration
  • Unstable, unbalanced or difficult loads
  • Handling of live people or animals
  • Individual capacity

The effect of hazardous manual handling on your business

Work related injuries cost the Australian economy approximately $61 billion each year, with workers and employers bearing a combined 82% of this cost. Over 30% of this total can be attributed to injuries causes by body stressing and manual handling cases. With musculoskeletal injuries at epidemic proportions, the team at Bodycare Workplace Solutions recognised the need to revolutionise the way that manual handling training and education is delivered in workplaces across the country. Our extensive experience partnering with a number of large logistics, manufacturing and construction companies to deliver preventative occupational healthcare solutions, has led to us developing a comprehensive understanding of the musculoskeletal risks associated with incorrect manual handling.

Make your safety program a key part of your company culture by actively committing to it at all levels of leadership.

Solving the Problem of Manual Handling

The problem – Outdated training practices

Manual handling training is often perceived as a boring and dull presentation that needs to be viewed every 6 to 12 months for compliance purposes. Far too often, training is being delivered to disengaged workers, who do not pay attention and do not implement the principles that the training is there to educate them on, resulting in high musculoskeletal injury rates within workplaces across the country.

The solution – A risk mindset and behavioural change

At Bodycare, we aim to move away from procedurally driven manual handling training to a model that focuses on changing the behaviour, mindset and thought patterns of the workforce.We believe that manual handling training needs to be engaging and tailored to the role or organisation. Our ‘Think Risk’ model addresses the wider environmental factors that influence employees at work and provides them with tools to identify, process and mitigate risks in the workplace.

Which industries does it affect?

  • Healthcare
  • Mining & Construction
  • Retail & Warehouse
  • Transport & Logistics

‘Think Risk’ Education

The Bodycare training programs include both formal theory and practical hands on components which will address the following objectives:

To educate employees in the principles of risk identification and assessment in relation to hazardous manual handling tasks.
To ensure employees understand the importance of correct manual handling principles.
To educate employees in understanding the basic anatomy of their bodies and the importance of workplace stretching and injury prevention exercises.
To allow employees to ask questions to an appropriately qualified allied health professional (physiotherapist).
To ensure employees are aware of each job task and their application to the work environment.
To ensure employees are aware of correct working postures so they are able to work comfortably, safely and efficiently.

Manual Training Course Details

Course Duration

The training length is structured around operational demands of the organisation and will be tailored to the specifc work group.


We are supported by a national network and will deliver tailored manual handling training onsite in your workplace.

Contact us now to learn more about our Safety Consulting and Training services