This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to shift loads safely using manual handling methods. Work must be carried out in compliance with the relevant work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations concerning the manual handling and movement of loads.  It includes assessing the risks associated with relocating the load, planning the relocation process and carrying out the relocation in accordance with the plan.

Unit details

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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: - applying precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate risks that may exist when manually lifting and handling materials and goods; - applying relevant legislation and workplace procedures; - communicating effectively with others when manually lifting and handling materials and goods; - implementing contingency plans when manually lifting and handling, materials and goods; - interpreting and following operational instructions and prioritising work; - interpreting manual handling risks; - modifying activities depending on operational contingencies, risk situations and environments; - operating and adapting to differences in loads and materials in accordance with standard operating procedures; - reading and interpreting instructions, procedures and information relevant to the manual lifting and handling of materials and goods; - selecting and using required personal protective equipment conforming to industry and work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) standards; - using correct manual handling practices; - working collaboratively with others when manually lifting and handling materials and goods, and; - working systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - housekeeping standards and procedures; - relevant WHS/OHS procedures and guidelines concerning the manual lifting and movement of loads; - risks when manually lifting and handling materials and goods, and related precautions to control the risk; - controlled actions on a movement during lifting; - distance over which load is to be shifted; - frequency of shifting operations; - load on the spine during lifting; - postures and positions during lifting; - rotation and side movement of the spine during lifting; - time allowed for shifting the load; - type, weight and position of the load; - work layout; - site layout and obstacles, and; - workplace procedures and policies for manual handling.

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