Manual handling (or ‘how to lift’) training does not reduce the incidence of musculoskeletal disorders.

The Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) Australia and New Zealand have information about what works instead and what businesses can do to manage the risks of hazardous manual tasks.

These documents were first published in Australia in August 2022, and in New Zealand in May 2024.

'How to lift' training (HWSA) position statement (PDF 67 KB)
'How to lift' training (HWSA) FAQs (PDF 112 KB)