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HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely

Manual Handling Course Darwin

HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely is the official name for what is most often known as a Manual Handling Course.

Manual handling activities are anything that requires the lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, or relocating of heavy loads or objects. Anyone who works in healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, a warehouse, or even an office, stands to benefit from earning a manual handling certification.

First Aid Pro is one of Australia’s leading registered training providers when it comes to short courses in first aid, healthcare, and manual handling. We’re proud to provide the best manual handling training that Darwin has to offer, and our manual handling course is endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing. Our friendly and experienced trainers provide high-quality training to help anyone improve their skills, knowledge, and professional opportunities.

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Manual Tasks You'll Learn

HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely teaches students how to identify potentially hazardous manual tasks, and how to perform them in a safe manner. This includes knowing how to reduce risks and potential hazards by taking a risk management approach, understanding the role of Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) and best safe work practices, and how to position your body to avoid manual handling injuries. More specifically, you’ll learn:

  • The four P’s of proper manual handling techniques (plan, position, pick, and proceed)
  • Safe lifting techniques
  • Risk awareness and how to perform risk control measures
  • WHS regulations
  • Reporting procedures
  • Manual handling injuries such as musculoskeletal disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries, and others
  • Risk factors, including repetitive tasks and incorrect postures, and methods for minimising said risks
  • Manual handling tools, mechanical aids, and equipment, and how to use them
  • How to identify the environmental factors which might affect a manual task

Who Should Do This Course

The number of careers and industry which require the regular moving of heavy loads is incredibly broad. As such, a manual handling certification is useful for most jobs. Following is a selection of careers where a manual handling certification is most beneficial:

  • Construction
  • Aged care worker
  • Support worker
  • Healthcare worker
  • Freight, and logistics
  • Warehouse workers
  • Tradies, including plumbers, carpenters, and electricians
  • Movers and delivery personnel
  • Manufacturing and production
  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • Waste management
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
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Eligibility Criteria

There are no previous academic requirements or work experience necessary to enrol in First Aid Pro’s Darwin manual handling courses. However, students must meet some minimum requirements in order to enrol. All students must:

  • 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.

Delivery Method

HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely training is delivered through a blend of face-to-face training and self-guided online learning.

We strongly recommend students complete the self-guided pre-course reading before attending their practical training session to ensure they fully understand the tasks required of them. The time it takes to complete the pre-course readings depends on a student’s own skill and commitment.

The in-person our training takes place from our Darwin training centre and lasts for approximately four (4) hours.

During this time students will get hands on practice and experience several practical examples of manual handling. Students who successfully complete their training are awarded a same day certification via email.

Course Fees

For all students, HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely costs a single, one-time fee of $125.

You’ll be asked to pay for your course upfront during the online booking process. Our secure online booking platform accepts both Visa & Mastercard credit and debit cards. 

Our Darwin Training Venue

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First Aid Pro offers HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely training from our Darwin training venue.

Easily accessible by car or by public transport, our modern Darwin training facility is equipped with everything needed to get hands-on manual handling training including patient hoists, hospital beds, slide sheets, wheelchairs, wheelie walkers and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Manual Handling Tasks?

Manual handling comprises many different tasks, but the ultimate goal is to minimise risk when performing tasks which require the moving of heavy loads to reduce the likelihood of workplace injuries. The specific nature of manual handling tasks depends on the workplace, but common jobs involve lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, or relocating of heavy loads or objects. In healthcare, specific duties include the relocation of patients.

Risk controls for manual handling include planning how to move a heavy load, positioning one's body correctly before lifting and carrying, using mechanical aids to assist with particularly heavy loads, and identifying and reporting unsafe practices.

Do I Need a Manual Handling Certificate?

Manual handling is relevant in most workplaces, but especially those in which employees often spend long periods preforming living, carrying, and moving tasks. However, not all careers require employees to hold a manual handling certification.

Whether or not this is the case is often up to the discretion of employers. Positions which most often require a manual handling certificate include construction workers, healthcare workers, and those in manufacturing, industry, freight, and logistics, to name a few. Plumbers, electricians, and other tradies who are not self-employed also often require a certification.

To find out if you need a manual handling certification, it's best to check with your employer. If you're applying for a new position the position requirements should outline whether a manual handling certification is required, but you can also contact them to find out.

How Long Does a Manual Handling Certificate Last?

The validity of a manual handling qualification in Australia varies depending on the state. Often, a manual handling qualification lasts for two (2) years, and in other circumstances, it may not expire at all. Regardless, a manually handling certification should be updated annually trough refresher training to ensure the skills and knowledge remain second nature.

Can I Take a Manual Handling Course Online?

No. While part of your training includes e-readings to be completed on your own time, there are no online courses for manual handling. The only way to correctly learn the best and safest manual handling techniques is first hand through practical training sessions.

What are the Consequences of Improper Manual Handling?

Poor manual handling includes lifting awkward loads, loads that are too heavy, failure to identify potential risks, and using awkward postures. Moving heavy loads in this way can lead to various injuries, including damage to your musculoskeletal system, or the development of chronic and acute pain.

By using safe manual handling techniques you can reduce the likelihood of these injuries. Avoid lifting above shoulder height, seek additional support when lifting heavy objects, ensure you always perform risk assessment, and lift and carry objects using the proper posture.