This unit (HLTWHS005) 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.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - followed legally compliant workplace procedures to prepare for and complete at least 3 different manual tasks relevant to the work role, and; - contributed to a consultation process about improving manual handling safety.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - 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; - 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; - manual handling techniques that support safe work practice, and; - types and operational features of mechanical aids, tools and equipment.

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