Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR)


Please note:The Saskatchewan Association for Safe Work Places in Health has granted a 180 day extension to all certified TLR Trainers and staff who are unable to recertify due to current COVID-19 restrictions.

TLR training is only available to SARC Members. Not a SARC Member and interested in TLR? Please visit the SASWH website.

This program is intended for supervisors to become TLR Trainers, and able to train TLR to employees at their organization.


What is TLR?

TLR stands for Transferring Lifting Repositioning. The TLR program is designed to assist workers with identifying and managing/eliminating risks associated with assisting clients with mobility and moving general objects. TLR includes a thorough assessment process of self, environment/equipment and client/object.  TLR is developed to assist organizations with meeting the minimum requirements of Saskatchewan's Occupational Health and Safety Legislation related to safe client handling and musculoskeletal injuries.

TLR's core concept is: minimal amount of manual effort with the maximum use of equipment.  

The goals of the TLR program include:

  • Improve how employees prepare for and accomplish their work
  • Decrease the frequency of lost time related to musculoskeletal injuries
  • Reduce the severity of lost time related to musculoskeletal injuries
  • To meet the requirements of applicable Occupational Health and Safety Legislation

As a requirement of CLSD COMPASS funding, SARC must report on training satisfaction rates. As a result, we ask that all Learners complete individual program evaluations immediately upon finishing any training, as well as within 3-4 months of completion. Your feedback will also be used to ensure that SARC continues to provide the best training possible.

SARC Has TLR Instructors who provide the TLR Train-the-trainer and Re-certification courses

It is important that the trainer candidate:

  • Is committed to promoting a safe workplace
  • Is committed to the use of good body mechanics
  • Has the physical ability to demonstrate the physical manoeuvres of the TLR program
  • Is comfortable presenting materials to other, including co-workers
  • Has good communication and motivational skills
  • Has time in their schedule to train TLR 
  • Has the ability to disseminate TLR materials 

It is recommended that a TLR Trainer be in a supervisory-type position.    

Once the TLR Train-the-Trainer session is completed, the trainer then returns to the organization and teaches the TLR program to the organization’s staff.

Attendees are required to wear comfortable clothing to the three-day training session as the demonstration of maneuvers, transferring, lifting, and repositioning is required.  Please note that there is the chance that clothing may be torn or ripped during training.  Footwear must have a closed toe and be secure to the foot.

Upon successfully completing this course, participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion. Trainers must be re-certified every three years in order to retain their trainer status.

If you are not employed by a SARC Member Agency, please click here to inquire how to go about getting your trainer status.

Fees for TLR are as follows:

SARC Member Agency: Train-the-Trainer $175

  • Travel, accommodations, and meals are not included.
  • Trainer candidates are given their materials at the session.

SARC Member Agency: Trainer Re-certification $50

  • Travel, accommodations, and meals are not included.
  • Trainers should bring their TLR manuals with them to the session.

*Your organization must have a TLR Agreement in place with SARC to train TLR. If you do not have an Agreement in place, please click here.

*Attendees who are not employed by a SARC Member Agency must receive permission from SASWH, the owner of the TLR program, to be trained by SARC. If you are not a SARC Member, please click here to be re-directed to the SASWH website.

You may cancel your registration up to 5 business days in advance. 

TLR Train-the-Trainer

  • All sessions of TLR Train-the-Trainer have been postponed due to Covid-19.

TLR Trainer Recertification

  • All sessions of TLR Re-certification have been postponed due to Covid19.

To register for a TLR Trainer Re-Certification session you must be a current certified TLR Trainer. If your certification has lapsed, you must attend a Train-the-Trainer session again to become certified to train at your organization.

*Your organization must have a TLR Agreement in place with SARC to train TLR. If you do not have an Agreement in place, please click here.


Lisa Malowany, Program Manager/Trainer with SARC

Lisa Malowany has been involved in the Disability Service sector since 1989. She is a graduate of the Rehabilitation Worker Program (now called the Disability Support Worker Program) and received her two-year Diploma from SIAST (now Saskatchewan Polytechnic) in 1992. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Saskatoon Program in 2012-2013.

She has experience in a variety of roles within Community-based Organizations from direct service to management, and has also served on Boards of Directors. Lisa has had the privilege of working with a wide range of people experiencing disability and what she has learned from them has formed the basis of her career.  Although Lisa no longer works in direct service, that experience is at the heart of everything she does and helps to form every decision she makes in her work.

Lisa has worked for SARC since 2002 in various capacities. She has been a PART and TLR Instructor since 2014, and a Mental Health First Aid – Basic Instructor since 2018. Lisa is described as a passionate trainer who uses her past experience and knowledge to enhance her training sessions. She loves to share stories of her past experiences to bring training material to real life and uses activities and humour to create a positive learning environment.  

Lisa is married and has two sons. Her family are avid Saskatchewan Roughrider fans and love camping.


Lori Morphy, Trainer/Resource Developer with SARC

Lori Morphy has more than 15 years of experience in the Disability Service sector in a variety of roles, including involvement in disability sports and adapted physical activity programs, work as a Direct Support Professional, assistant coordinator with Disability Support Services at the University of Alberta, and coordinator for mentorship and employment programs for youth experiencing disability. 

Lori holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Arts in Physical Education, both specializing in physical activity for people experiencing disability.  She has taught post-secondary courses in adapted physical activity, health education, human growth and development, and therapeutic activities through the University of Alberta and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Lori joined SARC in 2018 as a Trainer and Resource Developer.  In 2019 she received TLR and PART Instructor certification from the Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health. In 2020 she completed training as an NTG Affiliate Provincial Trainer for the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices – Canada (NTG-Canada).  She brings energy, enthusiasm, and an interactive approach to all programs that she facilitates, and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge with others.  Lori has also contributed to the development of several of SARC’s training programs and resources.

Lori has a keen interest in person-centred practice.  Her master’s research focused on the experience of choice for adults experiencing disability. She continues to build her knowledge in person-centred work, and recently completed training in Person-centred Thinking, Personalization of Care and Support Plans, and Person-centred Risk through Helen Sanderson and Associates. She applies this knowledge as a facilitator for SARC’s Person-centred Essentials training.

Lori and her husband have two young children, and she enjoys spending her time being active in gymnastics and many outdoor activities.  She is an active community member, working as a gymnastics coach for athletes experiencing disability, rhythmic gymnastics coach, and volunteering for various community events. 

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