Manual handling: means any activity requiring the use of force exerted by a person to lift, lower, push, carry or to move, hold or restrain a person, animal or thing.
Note: Manual handling also includes any activity involving repetitive and / or forceful movements eg. Keying data into a computer; using a screwdriver and any other activity where the person must maintain constrained or awkward postures eg. Driving a truck, leaning over to make a bed.
Manual handling is a major factor in a large percentage of workplace injuries.
Legal Obligations in Relation to Manual Handling
Employers and management must:
Identify manual handling risks in the workplace
Assess those manual handling risks
Eliminate or control manual handling risks as far as reasonably practicable
Consult with employees involved in these tasks while doing the above
When a manual handling task is being assessed the following risk factors must be taken into account;
- actions and movements
- work organization
- workplace and workstation layout
- work environment
- working posture and position
- skills and experience
- duration and frequency of manual handling
- location of loads and distances moved
- weights and forces
- special needs
- characteristics of loads and equipment
- any relevant factors
Must take reasonable care for their own health and safety and not to adversely affect the health or safety of others in the workplace and cooperate with the employer in matters of health and safety.
Employees who have received appropriate training in manual handling techniques or in the correct use of mechanical aids, personal protective equipment or team lifting procedures, must apply that training to their job wherever possible.
Safelift Consultancy can conduct onsite training and assessments for your staff or your staff can attend our site in Port Kennedy. (For our Port Kennedy training facility the course will go ahead as long as we have minimum of 4 students)
- Safelift Consultancy will also issue a Statement of Attainment, which will be included in the cost of the course.
- A pre course assignment will need to be completed prior to attending
- Minimum age to attend this course is 16 years old
- Class size minimum 4 people to the maximum of 10 people
4 to 6 hrs depending on numbers attending
$80.00 per person (learner guide included in the fee)
Evening and weekend courses now available
The Training Hub U4/10
Jacquard Way Port Kennedy