Manual handling is any activity requiring the use of force exerted by a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move, hold or restrain a person, animal or thing.

If manual handling is all of these things, then why do most manual handling training programs just have participants learn to lift and put down a box? Life doesn’t come in convenient 30cm by 30cm boxes with hand holds.

Sitemed’s manual handling training program is developed with worksite representatives to assess the manual handling tasks that are performed and to determine the workforce profile and injury history.

The workforce profile is important in determining the best training method. Are there mainly men or women? Do employees read and write in English? Do all staff perform similar roles? Do we need to do training on day and night shift?


The injury profile provides an indication about the body stressing that is occurring and provides information about potential for workplace modification, for example, neck and shoulder injuries could indicate there is significant overhead work being performed that needs to be designed out not just managed with improved manual handling techniques.

Sitemed’s manual handling training is practical and inclusive and designed to teach participants about the optimal postures and positions for the body to maintain best joint position and achieve optimal grip and power. With this knowledge participants can apply this knowledge to all activities using these safe principles both at home and at work to minimise risk of injury.