Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR)

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 a TLR Instructor who provides 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. 

Lisa Malowany, Program Manager/Trainer with SARC

Lisa Malowany has been involved in the Disability Services 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 SaskPolytechnic). 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 front line, 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 front line, 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 tell stories of her past experiences to bring it 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.

TLR Train-the-Trainer

All sessions run from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • May 1-3, 2019 - Saskatoon
    • SARC Administrative Office - 111 Cardinal Crescent
  • August 27-29, 2019 - Saskatoon
    • SARC Administrative Office - 111 Cardinal Crescent
  • February 4-6, 2019 - Meadow Lake
    • Multiworks - 301 Centre Street


TLR Recertification

All sessions run from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • April 18, 2019 in Saskatoon 
    • SARC Administrative Office - 111 Cardinal Crescent
  • October 15, 2019 in Saskatoon
    • SARC Administrative Office - 111 Cardinal Crescent

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.


  • TLR Train-the-Trainer

    Aug 27, 2019 - Aug 29, 2019


  • TLR Recertification

    Oct 15, 2019


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