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GWO - Manual Handling

4 Hours

Max Students:

Designed for:
Work involves the application of the basic principles for the safe lifting and movement of loads when shifting materials safely using manual handling methods as part of day-to-day work.



Pre-entry Requirements:
Unique Student Identifier (USI) -
Fitness to participate
Winda ID -

The aim of the course is to provide the participants with the necessary basic knowledge and skills through theoretical and practical training to use basic lifting techniques and to reduce possible soft tissue injuries, to perform safe work and to conduct safe and basic movement of equipment and materials which is approved according to the GWO Standard by Fire and Safety Australia in accordance to GWO Module Basic Training module Manual Handling.

On completion of this course, the delegate is considered competent to conduct working in correct manual handling techniques and the knowledge, skills and experience to avoid injury at GWO accredited companies or sites.

Course Trainer to Student Ratio
1 Trainer | Max 6 Student
2 Trainer | Max 12 Student


The following items are covered during the conduct of the training:

  • Communicate effectively with others when manually lifting and handling materials and goods
  • Read and interpret instructions, procedures and information relevant to the manual lifting and handling of materials and goods
  • Interpret and follow operational instructions and prioritise work
  • Work collaboratively with others when manually lifting and handling materials and goods
  • Adapt appropriately to cultural differences in the workplace, including modes of behaviour and interactions with others
  • Promptly report and/or rectify any identified problems that may arise when manually lifting and handling materials and goods in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures
  • Implement contingency plans for unexpected situations that may occur when manually lifting and handling materials and goods
  • Apply precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate risks that may exist when manually lifting and handling materials and goods
  • Monitor work activities in terms of planned schedule
  • Modify activities depending on differing operational contingencies, risk situations and environments
  • Apply fatigue management knowledge and techniques
  • Work systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment
  • Operate and adapt to differences in loads and materials in accordance with standard operating procedures
  • Select and use required personal protective equipment conforming to industry and OH&S standards range 

Unit of Competency

HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely

Students learning outcomes will be assessed using practical activities designed to simulate a workplace and written or oral questions as appropriate.

Delivery Method:
Classroom theory via PowerPoint presentations, including audio-visual material and practical activities that simulate a workplace.

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