Manual Handling Training & Certification
HLTWHS005 – Conduct Manual Tasks Safely
Course Snapshot: Manual Handling Course
Manual Handling Course Overview
Officially known as HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely, Manual Handling Courses teach individuals about any kind of task which involves relocating heavy loads and requires a person to lift, lower, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
Manual handling activities are prevalent across a wide variety of different industries, careers, and job descriptions. Proper manual handling training is useful for any workplace, but is particularly essential for working in warehouses, supermarkets, offices, and especially in healthcare where it is required to safely move patients. There are few workplaces where a manual handling certification is not beneficial in some way.
First Aid Pro offers a manual handling training course which is nationally accredited and endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing. All students are welcome to enrol in this course and improve their skills, knowledge, and professional opportunities.
Manual Handling Tasks You'll Learn
HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely teaches students how to identify and safely execute potentially hazardous manual tasks. This includes learning how to prepare yourself to perform a manual handling task, performing risk assessment, the ins and outs of Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) and best safe work practices, and how to position your body to avoid manual handling injuries.
What you’ll learn in a First Aid Pro manual handling course includes:
- The four P’s of proper manual handling techniques (Plan, position, pick, and proceed)
- Safe manual handling practices and lifting techniques
- How to identify hazardous manual tasks through risk assessment and risk control measures
- The national code of practice and (WHS) regulations relating to manual handling tasks
- Manual handling roles and responsibilities
- How to promote health and safety in your workplace
- Reporting procedures for manual handling, including workplace compensation and injury claims
- Manual handling injuries which can result from improper techniques, such as musculoskeletal disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries, and other injuries
- Risk factors in manual handling, such as repetitive tasks, incorrect postures, and inefficient systems of work, and methods for minimising risks
- Manual handling tools, mechanical aids, and equipment, and how to use them
- How to identify environmental factors in manual handling
- The importance of frequent breaks
- How injuries and health problems can occur from improper manual handling techniques such as awkwardly postures over long periods, poor body weight distribution, and repetitive movements
Manual Handling Training Venues
First Aid Pro runs white card training from several locations across Australia. Not only is finding a course near you simple, but all our locations are easily accessible by car or by public transport. Our white card training centres can be found in the following areas:
A manual handling certification is useful for just about any career or industry. Any job position that requires the regular moving of heavy or large loads is more easily accessible to anyone who holds such a qualification.
While the number of careers this covers is incredibly broad, a manual handling certification is relevant for individuals that are employed in the following jobs:
- Aged care workers
- Healthcare professionals (nurses, physiotherapists, etc.)
- Storage, freight, and logistics
- Warehouse workers
- Tradies, including plumbers, carpenters, and electricians
- Movers and delivery personnel
- Manufacturing and production
- Cleaning and maintenance
- Waste management
Eligibility & Enrolment
There are no previous academic requirements or work experience necessary to enrol in First Aid Pro’s HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely training course. However, all applicants must ensure they meet the following requirements:
- Students must be 14 years old or older. (Please note: Students under 18 will be required to complete and bring a Parental Consent Form to class)
- Possess a Unique Student Identifier (USI) number
- Due to the nature of manual handling all students must possess a basic level of physical fitness, and have enclosed footwear and casual clothes to wear to their in-person training session.
- Students must also possess a basic level of English literacy to read and comprehend simple safety guidelines and instructions.
If you have any questions about enrollment eligibility please contact our support team directly.
HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely training is delivered through a blend of in-person practical training and self-guided online learning. We recommend students complete the self-guided portion first, and the time it takes to complete is dependent on your own skill level.
The in-person portion of our manual handling training takes place from one of our many training centres across Australia. Training lasts for approximately four (4) hours.
For all students, both domestic and international, HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely costs a single, one-time fee of $125.
You’ll be asked to pay for your white card course upfront during the online booking process. Our secure online booking platform accepts both Visa & Mastercard credit and debit cards.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Manual handling?
While the specific duties of manual handling depend on the workplace in which it is performed, generally speaking, manual handling involves the movement of heavy loads in any kind of physical work environment. This movement, whether executed using the human body or mechanical aids, requires careful consideration to prevent workplace injuries.
Good manual handling involves minimizing the use of high or sudden force, avoiding unexpected movements, and ensuring sustained force is kept at safe levels. This is achieved through proper planning, risk assessments, and the implementation of risk control measures.
What Is a Hazardous Manual Task?
A hazardous manual task refers to any activity that requires a person to use force, perform repetitive movements, adopt awkward postures, or be exposed to sustained vibration. These tasks have the potential to cause injury or harm to the musculoskeletal system. Identifying and managing hazardous manual tasks are crucial to ensuring the health and safety of workers. This involves regular risk assessments to control the use of high or sudden force, prevent unexpected movements, and ensure sustained force is within acceptable limits.
What Are The Safe Work Procedures For Manual Handling?
Safe work procedures for manual handling include using proper lifting techniques, utilizing mechanical aids when available, maintaining good posture, taking regular breaks, and seeking assistance when necessary. These procedures are designed to minimize the risk of injuries during manual handling tasks by controlling the use of high or sudden force, preventing unexpected movements, and ensuring sustained force is kept at safe levels.
Do I Need a Manual Handling Certificate?
While a manual handling certificate is not a strict requirement for many careers, it is highly beneficial. The necessity of manual handling training is often determined by individual organisations, with some professions like plumbing and electrical work requiring certification. Undertaking a manual handling assessment is advantageous for most jobs, demonstrating commitment to work health and safety.
This is especially important in roles involving potentially hazardous manual tasks, where the risk of injury is higher than usual.
How Long Does a Manual Handling Certificate Last for in Australia?
In some places in Australia, a manual handling certificate remains valid for two (2) years.
Regardless of expiry, manual handling refresher training is recommended every two to three years, ideally annually. This proactive approach helps in preventing chronic pain, avoiding acute pain, and ensuring sustained force levels are within safe limits through regular risk assessments.
Do You Offer Manual Handling Refresher Training?
Yes, we offer manual handling refresher training to individuals and organisations. Our refresher courses are designed to reinforce key principles, update participants on any relevant changes in regulations, and refresh their skills in safe manual handling practices.
Regular refresher training is essential for maintaining a safe working environment and preventing workplace injuries. This includes controlling the use of high or sudden force, preventing unexpected movements, and ensuring sustained force remains at safe levels through ongoing risk assessments.
What Is Manual Handling in Aged Care?
Manual handling in aged care encompasses the physical tasks associated with the care and assistance of elderly individuals, including lifting, transferring, and supporting them in various activities.
The training provided in aged care focuses on equipping healthcare professionals and caregivers with the knowledge and skills needed to perform these tasks safely. This reduces the risk of injury for both the care provider and the individual receiving care. The emphasis is on minimizing chronic pain through proper techniques, avoiding acute pain by preventing unexpected movements, and conducting regular risk assessments to ensure sustained force remains at acceptable levels.
What Is HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely Standard?
HLTWS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely is a standard providing guidelines for safe manual handling practices. It emphasizes hazard identification, risk assessment, and control measures to prevent injuries. Adhering to this standard helps in minimizing the use of high or sudden force, preventing unexpected movements, and ensuring sustained force is at safe levels.
What Is HLTWHS005 Manual Handling Training For Nurses And Aged Care Workers?
HLTWS005 Manual Handling Training for Nurses and Aged Care Workers is a specific program designed to educate healthcare professionals about safe manual handling tasks in nursing and aged care settings. The focus is on minimizing chronic pain, avoiding acute pain, and conducting regular risk assessments to ensure sustained force levels remain within safe limits.
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