Conduct manual tasks safely (Release 1)

This unit, HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely, cover the skills and knowledge required to recognise potentially hazardous manual tasks, and then to prepare for and complete those tasks in a safe manner.

The elements and performance criteria include:

  1. Identify manual tasks involving risk
    1.1 Recognise manual tasks that may involve risk to self or others
    1.2 Identify risk factors that make the manual task hazardous
    1.3 Determine the nature and extent of the risk
    1.4 Follow organisation procedures for controlling hazardous manual tasks
  2. Prepare for manual tasks
    2.1 Prepare workplace layout and environment according to organisation procedures
    2.2 Organise task and workflow appropriately
    2.3 Prepare and package loads for movement, taking account of specific requirements for different materials and organisation procedures
    2.4 Select and use personal protective equipment appropriate to the task
    2.5 Ensure task is within personal capabilities
  3. Complete manual tasks
    3.1 Use appropriate posture and handlingtechniques to reduce muscle load on exertion
    3.2 Select, adjust and use mechanical aids and handling devices according to manufacturers instructions
    3.3 Pace and schedule tasks according to procedures
  4. Contribute to safe work practices
    4.1 Identify hazardous manual tasks and report to supervisor according to organisation procedures
    4.2 Follow organisation procedures for reporting symptoms of injury or actual injury to self and others
    4.3 Participate in workplace safety activities and contribute to the improvement of manual tasks
    4.4 Contribute to risk management approach to reduce risks from manual tasks

Purchase the materials:

Powerpoint Slides;
Assessor Guide with Benchmarks;
Learner’s Assessment Workbook;
Supplementary Notes;
RPL Kit (Assessor and Participant);
Third Party Observation; and,
Assessment Matrix.

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