In every workplace, workers are exposed to day to day activities which involve some kind of manual handling, some more hazardous than others. These tasks are a common cause of injury in the workplace, and as such, understanding how to undertake these tasks safely is imperative. Without manual handling training, employees can make mistakes and even suffer serious injury. This is especially true if an employee is around hazardous substances or activities.
This training in this course allows you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence required to firstly recognise potentially hazardous manual tasks and the sources of risks and risk factors. Then prepare for and apply controls to complete these tasks using manual handling techniques which support safe work practice.
You will also learn about the function of the body in movement and performing manual tasks, the importance of posture and positioning of the body and how to recognise symptoms of an injury and report it.
The skills in this course are applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice such as the Hazardous manual tasks code of practice applies.
The following units will be included in your certificate:
Participants must have the physical capacity to use appropriate equipment, posture and handling techniques to conduct a manual move and/or lift.
Pre-course study: Students may be required to undertake online pre-course work prior to attending the face to face session depending on the course delivery mode.
Online study: Students must have access to a computer, smartphone, tablet or other electronic device with access to the internet to complete the online/ pre-course studies.
Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.
Assessments conducted during face-to-face training session(s) include:
Performance tasks -
Choose 3 scenarios from the scenario options list
In relation to the scenarios, demonstrate each of the following for each of the scenarios:
- Identify a manual task involving risk
- Undertake risk assessment and complete a risk assessment form
- Prepare for the manual task
- Safely complete the manual task
Documentation – Completion of a Discomfort Survey form and 3 x Risk Assessment forms.
Theory assessment - A written exam consisting of multiple choice question and short answer questions to be completed at the end of the training session. The student must complete all questions.