Manual Task Audit Training


Manual Task Audit Training aims to develop in-house Manual Task Auditors who can assess a worker's manual handling technique when performing a particular task. The Auditor will have the skills to identify if the worker is optimally performing the technique or where there may be need for improvement. The Auditor will utilise Technique Prompts and Manual Task Audit Forms to assess the worker's technique, resulting in consistent and ongoing assessment and reinforcement of best practice. Ultimately, the Auditors become the in-house “go to person” for guidance and correction of task specific optimal manual handling techniques, with the aim of reducing the risk of MSD across the workforce.

The 1 day Course for up to 8 participants is based on the Manutention method of manual handling. Manutention training incorporates the principles of manual handling that are universally accepted as "best practice" - neutral spines, keep the load close and movement of the feet. It is a prerequisite that the worker has already attended an introductory 2-3 hour Manual Handling Training session.


At an individual level the Manual Task Audit Training aims to develop participants skills in the performance of manual handling audits, namely:
  • Identification of at-risk work practices and postures

  • Thorough assessment of work practices from a manual handling perspective

  • Explanation of appropriate control strategies

  • Discuss strategies to reduce at risk behaviours and recommend safe behaviours

  • Build on participant manual handling knowledge through performance of problem solving based tasks

  • Provide participants with strategies to enhance existing safety culture within their team

  • Upskill workers to provide feedback to staff in an effective manner in relation to manual handling postures and techniques


The training content includes theoretical and practical elements relating to:
  • Risk Management as it pertains to Manual Tasks

  • Adult Learning Styles

  • Human Biomechanics

  • Principles of Manutention; Postures, Principles and Application

  • Performing a Manual Task Audit


There is a continuous assessment process with the facilitator observing techniques and skills throughout the course. Participants will be appraised on their:
  • Ability to identify key components of techniques

  • Completion of written and practical activities

  • Ability to critically evaluate the manual handling posture presentation of a peer

  • Ability to provide feedback to a worker performing a work task based on a Technique Prompt

  • Ability to show consistent performance of the fundamental postures and techniques