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HLTWHS005
Conduct manual tasks safely

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise potentially hazardous manual tasks, and then to prepare for and complete those tasks in a safe manner. 

 

 

This unit applies to all workers involved in manual handling tasks.

Learning Objectives

Learners will be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of the HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely course, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

  • key information from work health and safety (WHS) regulations relating to manual tasks and national code of practice

  • role and responsibilities of the employer and employees in relation to manual handling safety

  • ways in which individual workers are involved in consultation about workplace health and safety

  • reporting mechanisms required for workplace injury and compensation claims

  • key aspects of the risk management approach to manual tasks

  • risk factors and potential sources of risks of hazardous manual tasks:

    • repetition

    • forces

    • postures

    • vibration

    • systems of work

  • types of manual task activity and the types of injuries that can result

  • the relationship between the human body and risk of injury from performing manual tasks

  • functions of the human body:

    • basic function of the spine

    • body postures

    • types of muscles

    • principles of levers

  • manual handling techniques that support safe work practice:

    • preparing the load/client

    • preparing the environment

    • using the stronger muscles in the legs where possible, rather than spinal muscles

    • maintaining a neutral spine when lifting and carrying

    • using two hands to lift or carry

    • keeping the load close to the body/centre of gravity

    • avoiding lifting objects above shoulder height

    • minimising repetitive movements

    • positions not held for long periods of time

    • avoiding twisting by repositioning feet whilst turning

  • types and operational features of mechanical aids, tools and equipment

Performance Evidence Required

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  • followed legally compliant workplace procedures to prepare for and complete at least 3 different manual tasks relevant to the work role

  • contributed to a consultation process about improving manual handling safety

Knowledge Evidence Required

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

  • key information from work health and safety (WHS) regulations relating to manual tasks and national code of practice

  • role and responsibilities of the employer and employees in relation to manual handling safety

  • ways in which individual workers are involved in consultation about workplace health and safety

  • reporting mechanisms required for workplace injury and compensation claims

  • key aspects of the risk management approach to manual tasks

  • risk factors and potential sources of risks of hazardous manual tasks:

    • repetition

    • forces

    • postures

    • vibration

    • systems of work

  • types of manual task activity and the types of injuries that can result

  • the relationship between the human body and risk of injury from performing manual tasks

  • functions of the human body: 

    • basic function of the spine

    • body postures

    • types of muscles 

    • principles of levers

  • manual handling techniques that support safe work practice:

    • preparing the load/client

    • preparing the environment

    • using the stronger muscles in the legs where possible, rather than spinal muscles

    • maintaining a neutral spine when lifting and carrying 

    • using two hands to lift or carry 

    • keeping the load close to the body/centre of gravity

    • avoiding lifting objects above shoulder height

    • minimising repetitive movements 

    • positions not held for long periods of time

    • avoiding twisting by repositioning feet whilst turning

  • types and operational features of mechanical aids, tools and equipment

Course Prerequisites

There are no pre requisites for this unit.

Students must be at least 14 years of age at the time of attendance.

Clothing: We suggest that you wear comfortable casual clothing, as the practical nature of the demonstrations and practice may possibly require bending, kneeling and lying on the floor. Pants and flat shoes are recommended.

 

Learn more about the Australian Government’s competency and assessment requirements for this course at http://training.gov.au/training/details/hltwhs005

Course Details

Face to Face:

 

Fist Aid and Fire's accredited HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely course is 4.5 hours in duration and covers both theory and practical elements of conducting safe manual handling practices.

 

There is a short multiple choice quiz at the end of the training covering the course theory learnt that day. Students will also be assessed on practical skills as a requirement to pass the course.

 

A Statement of Attainment in HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely will be issued to the successful participant.

Certificate Validity

The HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely certificate is valid for 12 months. 

The Code of Practice  recommends that skills are refreshed annually.