HLTWHS005 - Conduct manual tasks safely

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About this qualification

Course code: HLTWHS005

This course is recommended for people who are required to use manual handling techniques to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others in a work environment that involves direct client care.

The focus is on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported, and other community and workplace members in both centre-based and home-based environments.


Entry/eligibility requirements

There are no pre-entry study or qualification requirements, but to be eligible, you must:

  • Reside in Western Australia;
  • Possess suitable English language, literacy and numeracy skills; and
  • Provide proof of identity



ALTI ensures all AQF qualifications, statements of attainment, and transcripts of results are issued in accordance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.

Duration, learning method and assessment

  • Duration: 8-hour face-to-face workshop, plus on-course assessment consisting of written and verbal questioning, practical skills observation - annual refresher recommended.
  • Learning method: face-to-face practical and theory session.
  • Assessment: written, observation, practical and verbal questioning.

Units of competency

HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely



After completing this course, you will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

Recognise manual tasks that may involve risk to self or others
Identify risk factors that make the manual task hazardous
Determine the nature and extent of the risk
Follow organisation procedures for controlling hazardous manual tasks
Prepare workplace layout and environment according to organisation procedures
Organise task and workflow appropriately
Prepare and package loads for movement, taking account of specific requirements for different materials and organisation procedures
Select and use personal protective equipment appropriate to the task
Ensure task is within personal capabilities
Use appropriate posture and handling techniques to reduce muscle load on exertion
Select, adjust and use mechanical aids and handling devices according to manufacturer’s instructions
Pace and schedule tasks according to procedures
Contribute to safe work practices
Identify hazardous manual tasks and report to supervisor according to organisation procedures
Follow organisation procedures for reporting symptoms of injury or actual injury to self and others
Participate in workplace safety activities and contribute to the improvement of manual tasks
Contribute to risk management approach to reduce risks from manual tasks

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You might already possess some of the skills or knowledge being assessed on this course. If so, you may not be required to complete one or more of the units of competency. You first need to apply to have your knowledge and skills assessed for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This must be done when you enrol in the course.

To find out more about ALTI’s RPL process, please contact our Student Support Officer on 1300 492 703.


Free of charge

Please call 1300 809 711 to book or if you have any further queries.

Alternatively, you can email us at training@amanaliving.com.au

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