Onsite  Workplace Manual Handling Training Courses

At Corporate Work Health, we deliver customised face to face manual handling training courses at your workplace, job site or office. Whether your business is in construction, warehouse, freight, logistics, manufacturing or the like, we specifically tailor our onsite manual handling training to meet your needs.

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Jobsite Manual Handling Training Designed for Long Term Health & Safety 

Our manual handling training is designed for your employees to enjoy a safe work environment and live a healthy life for the long term – rather than being just another standard health and safety course. By delivering worksite manual handling training tailored to your workplace we create solutions that really work.

Corporate Work Health Australia is proud to rise above the rest. We ensure that our training courses meet our client’s exact training needs including visual, practical and written materials where appropriate.

Different industries require different training. This is why we work collaboratively with our clients to customise our programs so they deliver task specific training that addresses the manual handling challenges faced in their particular business.

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We have extensive experience in manual handling training for freight and logistics, warehouse and manufacturing, construction and office workers.

Embracing Simple, Smart Education Solutions

Manual handling injuries are the product of poor work practices and a lack of effective ergonomic systems. A culture that ignores an employee’s complaints about the twinges in their back when they complete certain tasks fails to notice the early warning signs of a problem that could develop into something much greater.

Companies with a culture of open communication take such complaints as a red flag that needs to be addressed. A simple tweak to the workspace or a new chair could make all the difference, or it could be through training that the team learns how best to handle materials in a manner that protects their bodies, which can be accomplished through jobsite manual handling training.

Manual Handling Training Delivered by Qualified Health Professionals

When you opt for a manual handling program from the team here at Corporate Work Health Australia, you gain the knowledge, expertise and advice from professionals with practical experience. What’s more, our manual handling courses are carried out by qualified physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists and osteopaths.

We believe that every business has the potential to embrace a better way of working that can lead to even greater profits. Better still, morale will receive a welcome boost when you engage the best manual handling training available in Australia today.

Limit Risk in Your Workplace

Those that participate in the manual handling training course gain a greater understanding of the risks that are present in the workplace and how to instruct their staff in terms of manual handling. The education gained will afford you the chance to streamline and improve your processes and practices, even in small ways, which can lead to the greater overall wellbeing of those you employ.

Reduce Injuries and Compensation

Manual handling is the most common cause of injury in Australia. 107,355 serious claims were lodged in the 2014-15 financial year. Injury and musculoskeletal disorders led to 90% of these serious claims, with the most common traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injuries (almost 45%). In 2012–13, work-related injury and disease cost the Australian economy $61.8 billion. Injuries accounted for $28 billion (45%) of the cost. 

Manual handling (now manual tasks 2010) means more than just lifting or carrying something. The term ‘manual tasks’ is used to describe a range of activities including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, moving, holding or restraining an object, animal or person. This means that all of your workers are exposed to and are at risk of manual handling injuries. Australian WHS (OH&S) legislation requires employers to identify, assess and control workplace hazards. 

One of these hazards is the risk of injury caused by manual tasks. The national standard for manual tasks requires that all tasks in your workplace which involve manual handling are identified and that the risk of injury is assessed. Where there is risk of injury, suitable ‘control measures’ must be introduced. Manual handling training is one such control measure.

Excellence in Manual Tasks Training

All our manual handling training courses are written using evidence-based material and the most up to date Australian legislation. Corporate Work Health Australia’s training team are fully qualified Physiotherapists, Osteopaths or Exercise Physiologists who pride themselves on delivering effective, easy to understand, jargon free training, best suited for up to 12 workers. Corporate Work Health Australia brings a wealth of experience of working across a broad spectrum of both public and private sectors of industry offering a full and varied portfolio of services aimed at reducing the costs associated with musculoskeletal injury.

Easy to Understand Courses

Our fully qualified training team can provide ‘real life’ examples of injuries they treat daily which reinforces the importance of applying good techniques and teaching the ‘why’ behind the ‘how’ of good technique that people can relate to. The training ensures delegates acquire safe lifting and handling practical skills specifically to their work environment and reinforces the importance of good technique being applied to all aspects of everyday life. The training also has a strong focus on involving workers in the risk management processes.

A worksite manual handling course always contains a lot of information that on the face of it seems obvious, but in truth, has never really been vocalised within the workplace to that point. Sometimes for a company to change its ways an impartial outside voice is needed to discuss such issues and pinpoint the possible negative outcomes that could arise from a failure to change.

At Corporate Work Health Australia, we specialise in tailoring our manual handling training methods to the companies that we work for. Over an hour and a half, or two and a half hours, your team can engage with practical and theoretical components that are relevant to their work. Instead of choosing an off the shelf program that delivers generic information, choosing to directly engage the workforce enables practical education and allows your team to practice manual handling tasks in the workplace.

Any business that believes that they could do things differently to reduce the number of injuries reported as a result of poor practices should first speak with their workers to determine where they see problems. Systems are often designed in isolation from practical application and it is only when feedback is sought that any problematic elements come to light.

For your manual handling program *, your workshop could also involve a session that partly focuses on office ergonomics and manual handling theory and practical. By the end of the session, your workers will have been trained in the best way to complete their job. Contact us to discover which is the right package for your business.

How Manual Handling Training Positively Impacts Your Business

It is very easy to accept the norms and practices of a company once it is up and running. The original staff will develop ways of working that they then pass along to each new hire, but this can prove detrimental to the overall efficiency of the business where those practices are poorly thought through.

At Corporate Work Health Australia, we know from our vast experience that a well-crafted manual handling program can do wonders to raise the awareness levels of employees to the potential dangers that they face every day. It emphasises how their behaviour has a negative impact and through re-education, this can help them to better understand how good practices will increase their efficiency and ability to work comfortably.

We believe that the best way to train a workforce is by doing so in their work environment. Having the ability to see the new techniques performed at their work stations and being able to participate ensures that their learning is relatable and, therefore, easier to pick up.

What every business gains from undertaking manual handling training courses does not just come from seasoned professionals here at Corporate Work Health Australia. Engaging with your workers will open your eyes to issues that they have with regards to their work practices, where they see problems and where they have identified risk.

Taking a collaborative approach to improving the overall safety of the company will make for a much more engaging, informative and rounded means to changing it in a positive way.

A Sterling Reputation

Here at Corporate Work Health Australia, we are fortunate to have the benefit of a sterling reputation among our past clients. In our most recent survey, 94% were likely or very likely to use our services again, while 92% reported that what we delivered met their expectations and achieved the outcome that they hoped for.

So, for the best manual handling solutions, Australia has to offer and to invest in the safety, morale and happiness of your workforce, get in touch with us today and let’s start the process toward designing a more productive and efficient workspace. We offer our service all around Australia in cities such as Melbourne & Sydney and all other major cities. Contact us today for a tailored quote for your company.

Reduce Workplace Injury and Boost Employee Productivity

Benefits of Onsite Manual Handling Assessments for Companies 

  • Control and minimise the costs of workplace injuries from manual tasks.
  • Reductions in back injuries, shoulder injuries and repetitive injuries.
  • Comply with workplace health and safety legislation to provide a safe workplace.
  • Improve worker’s understanding of the risk assessment and risk control processes.
  • Increase the participative approach to reducing manual tasks risk factors and workplace safety culture.
  • Decreased absenteeism & increased productivity.

Benefits of Onsite Manual Handling Assessments for Employees 

  • Enhanced skills in identifying manual handling hazards and risks in the workplace
  • Enhanced skills in manual handling risk management in the workplace
  • Enhanced skills in understanding risk management and applying the risk control hierarchy to solving manual handling hazards in the workplace
  • Improved manual tasks skills i.e. general and work specific tasks
  • Reduced exposure to health and safety risk

Reviews

We connected with Wade from CWH again to assist in this transition.

They assisted our team in transitioning to working from home in three ways: a group webinar education session, followed by workers completing a self-assessment form and then undertaking 1:1 consultations to deliver a tailored approach.

As a business we have made the transition smoother to ensure our workers are comfortable, and set up to perform their tasks safely at home.

Gorana Saula

Lumascape

The inner-city business for whom I work as Office Administrator recently engaged CWHA to deliver “Sit Safe” training seminars and conduct ergonomic assessments for all our staff. It was a very worthwhile undertaking. The information imparted in the seminars was interesting and applicable. The individual desk checks were thorough and valuable, as was the subsequent comprehensive report.

Margaret Wenham

King & Company Solicitors

We recently had Wade out at our workplace to deliver Ergonomic Assessment training. Wade has a wealth of knowledge that he willingly shares with participants. His easy going presentation style ensures the course is delivered in an interesting and practical format that is beneficial to everyone.  I have no hesitation in recommending Wade for your future training needs.

Patrick Doyle

Southern Downs Regional Council

We have been using Corporate Work Health for over 5 years to provide ergonomic assessments and educational training to our employees. Wade is very professional and very well qualified and he always achieve good results for our employees. I would highly recommend Wade to anyone looking for a health professional to assist their organisation.

Julia Paino

Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers

Process

1. Enquiry

Call, email or complete a form. Let us know what you want to achieve or the problems you are having.

2. Consultation

Phone, video call or face to face. We will discuss your needs, make some suggestions and provide a quote.

3. Assessment

Your assessment and/or training package is 100% tailor made to suit your needs, budget and service requirements.

4. Training

Onsite, online or both. Your personalised package is delivered by health professionals with extensive clinical and teaching experience.

5. Results

We have helped thousands of people at some of Australia’s top companies. Our team will work with you every step of the way to ensure you achieve the right results for your company and for your workers.

Our Manual Handing Courses

Manual Handling Course

Face to Face 1.5 hours Occasional Manual Handling

1.5 hour face to face manual handling training delivered onsite at your workplace for group sizes 1 – 20.  Our workshop incorporates both theory and general and task specific training.   Our 1.5 hour session is suited to those workers who perform occasional manual handling tasks within their job role i.e. office workers.   Training sessions are delivered by registered health professionals who have extensive knowledge and experience in occupational health. 

Key areas reviewed:

  • Briefly define manual handling and the need for training
  • Discuss the research findings surrounding manual handling training, including what training should include
  • Discuss common manual handling tasks and the related issues relevant to the workplace
  • Explain in simple terms the basic anatomy and biomechanics of the body and how manual tasks injuries occur
  • Discuss worker’s legislative duties, participation and consultation
  • Define manual tasks risk factors – what is a hazardous manual task?
  • Educate workers on simple risk assessment strategies including the hierarchy of control
  • Educate workers on incorrect movement patterns, the semi-squat and leg lift techniques
  • Educate workers on twisting and turning, pushing and pulling and team lifting
  • Introduce self-application of the principles of hazard identification, risk assessment and control measures for common manual handling tasks
  • Step by step practice of key high risk tasks with consultation on any risk reduction improvements discussed
  • Use of trolleys or other manual handling equipment 
  • Application of any control measures to common manual handling tasks within the workplace
  • Workers to know the limits of their competence and identify when it is unsafe to continue with a task and when professional advice/guidance should be sought
  • Answer any further questions related to manual tasks in the workplace

What’s involved:

  1. Phone and email consultation to discuss your training needs, current manual tasks performed by workers and needs regarding training specifics and objectives to assist us in developing customised training
  2. Manual handling training course development.  You can assist us in developing a customised training session by providing photos/videos of typical tasks performed by workers, any relevant information relating to manual handling injury register, body regions impacted and key manual task hazards and risks.  
  3. Manual handling training delivery onsite at your workplace
  4. Records and documentation.  We will provide you with a PDF of the training materials delivered, certificate of attendance and feedback forms collected from participants. 

Investment:  

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Manual Handling Education

Face to Face 2.5-3 hours Frequent/Heavy Manual Handling

Face to face manual handling training delivered onsite at your workplace for group sizes 1 – 20.  Our workshop incorporates both theory and general and task specific training.   Our 2.5 hour session is suited to those workers who perform frequent/heavy manual handling tasks within their job role i.e. warehouse, logistics, retail, construction, manufacturing and small to medium businesses where workers are required to perform manual handling.   Training sessions are delivered by registered health professionals who have extensive knowledge and experience in occupational health. 

Key areas reviewed:

  • Briefly define manual handling and the need for training
  • Discuss the research findings surrounding manual handling training, including what training should include
  • Discuss common manual handling tasks and the related issues relevant to the workplace
  • Explain in simple terms the basic anatomy and biomechanics of the body and how manual tasks injuries occur
  • Define cumulative strain and relate this to one’s work roles
  • Discuss worker’s legislative duties, participation and consultation
  • Define manual tasks risk factors – what is a hazardous manual task?
  • Educate workers on simple risk assessment strategies including the hierarchy of control
  • Educate workers on incorrect movement patterns, the semi-squat and leg lift techniques
  • Educate workers on twisting and turning, pushing and pulling and team lifting
  • Introduce self-application of the principles of hazard identification, risk assessment and control measures for common manual handling tasks
  • Step by step practice of key high risk tasks with consultation on any risk reduction improvements discussed
  • Use of trolleys, cranes or lifters if appropriate
  • Application of any control measures to common manual handling tasks within the workplace
  • Workers to know the limits of their competence and identify when it is unsafe to continue with a task and when professional advice/guidance should be sought
  • Answer any further questions related to manual tasks in the workplace

What’s involved:

Our customised manual handling training involves a 4 step process:

  1. Phone consultation and site visit to visit of the current manual handling tasks performed.  Consultation with key stakeholders to discuss current manual handling practices.  Please note:  CWHA will take photos and videos of manual tasks performed for learning and teaching purposes.
  2. Manual handling training program design – CWHA will then create a customised manual handling package specific to your workplace tasks, hazards, risk assessment tools and control measures.
  3. Manual handling training sessions 2.5- 3 hours onsite within your workplace.  Groups of up to 1 – 20 workers can be trained in each session.
  4. Records and documentation.  We will provide you with a PDF of the training materials delivered, certificate of attendance and feedback forms collected from participants. 

Investment:  Call or email us to get a quote today!

Manual Handling & Office Workstation Training

Face to Face Combined Training 1hr - 2hr

Our combined office workstation and manual handling workshops focus on educating participants of the challenges with office workstation tasks and manual handling.  We educate workers on how to identify and correct their workstation set up as well as how to perform manual handling within the workplace safely.    Our workshops are customised to suit your business needs and are delivered in 1hr, 1.5hr or 2hr formats depending on your workplace and ideal outcomes from training.  

Key areas reviewed:

Office Workstation Training Objectives:

  • Educated workers on the hazards and risks associated with seated office computer work
  • Educate workers on best practice workstation set up (chair, desk, computer accessories)
  • Educate workers on seated postures and how to minimise musculoskeletal strains and sprains in the workplace.

Manual Handling Training Objectives:

  • Briefly define manual handling and the need for training
  • Discuss the research findings surrounding manual handling training, including what training should include
  • Discuss common manual handling tasks and the related issues relevant to the workplace
  • Explain in simple terms the basic anatomy and biomechanics of the body and how manual tasks injuries occur
  • Define cumulative strain and relate this to one’s work roles
  • Discuss worker’s legislative duties, participation and consultation
  • Define manual tasks risk factors – what is a hazardous manual task?
  • Educate workers on simple risk assessment strategies including the hierarchy of control
  • Educate workers on incorrect movement patterns, the semi-squat and leg lift techniques
  • Educate workers on twisting and turning, pushing and pulling and team lifting
  • Introduce self-application of the principles of hazard identification, risk assessment and control measures for common manual handling tasks
  • Workers to know the limits of their competence and identify when it is unsafe to continue with a task and when professional advice/guidance should be sought
  • Answer any further questions related to manual tasks in the workplace

What’s involved:

Our office workstation ergonomics and manual handling training involves a 2 step process:

  1. Phone consultation to discuss your current office workstation environment/use and manual tasks performed and issues within the workplace.  Email us photos of your key manual tasks and office workstation photos so that a customised course can be created.
  2. Ergonomics & Manual handling training sessions 1, 1.5 or 2 hours onsite within your workplace.  Groups of up to 1 – 20 workers can be trained in each session.
  • Introduce self-application of the principles of hazard identification, risk assessment and control measures for common manual handling tasks
  • Workers to know the limits of their competence and identify when it is unsafe to continue with a task and when professional advice/guidance should be sought
  • Answer any further questions related to manual tasks in the workplace

Investment:  

Call or email us to get a quote today!

Frequently Asked Questions 

Benefits of Onsite Manual Handling Assessments for Employees

When it comes to health and safety, the PCBU (person, company or business undertaking), also known as the employer, has a duty of care to provide a safe workplace, ensure they have appropriate risk management strategies in place and provide the appropriate PPE and training to employees/workers. 

Workplaces where workers undertake manual handling as part of their job role should be undertaking manual tasks hazard identification, manual handling risk assessments and provide risk management and manual handling training as part of their overall OHS risk management process. 

Workers who undertake manual handling on a daily basis are likely to benefit from manual handling training on a regular basis (6 monthly or annual basis), whereas workers who infrequently handle loads i.e. office workers may only need training every 2 years as their risk exposure is less.

Do employees have responsibilities?

When it comes to manual handling in the workplace, employees have the following responsibilities:

  • Follow all reasonable instructions in relation to manual handling procedures
  • Engage in the consultative process
  • Report manual handling hazards to their immediate supervisor/branch manager; and
  • Undertake and apply manual handling training as required
Can I implement a “No Lifting Policy”?

A workplace can implement their own policies and procedures with regards to manual handling, however it is important that the business/employer understands the practicality of doing so.  In many workplaces it is simply not feasible or practical to implement a no lifting policy as there is likely to be some type of manual task to be conducted in a workplace. Therefore creating a policy that workers/employees cannot adhere to is not appropriate.

In many circumstances a business may look to implement a no lifting policy with regards to a specific task or item. Mechanical aids may be more appropriate to move the load and the hazard/risk associated with manually moving these loads may be too great.  A business is likely to ensure they have a safe work method statement relating to how this task should be performed.

What constitutes a Manual Handling operation?

Manual handling is defined as:

Any activity that requires someone to exert a force in order to:

  • Grasp
  • Manipulate
  • Strike
  • Throw
  • Carry
  • Move (lift, lower, push, pull)
  • Hold or restrain an object or body part

Workers who perform these tasks are at risk of manual handling injuries.  Workers should be educated on manual handling risk management and best practices relating to manual handling. Contact us at Corporate Work Health Australia

What are the recommended weight limits for lifting?

Neither the regulations or codes of practice specify weight limits for lifting. 

This is because there are many factors that impact on the risk, not just the weight of the item being handled.

Some workplaces will implement weight limits for single or dual person lifting as well as weight limits according to height ranges.  They have likely implemented these internal company policies and procedures as part of their manual tasks risk management process.

What does a manual handling training course include?

Manual handling training course design and delivery should involve the following processes to ensure a customised course that is applicable to your workplace

Step 1.  Consultation with workers regarding work tasks performed, hazardous manual handling tasks, review of manual handling injury statistics and mechanisms.

Step 2.  Site visit and viewing of manual tasks performed.  In some circumstances this is not possible and therefore providing photos and videos and other documents relating to policies and procedures and manual handling training materials will suffice

Step 3.  Training course design

Step 4.  Training delivery

A well developed manual handling training course should include the following:

  • Taking a risk management approach to your work every day
  • Understanding the characteristics of hazardous manual tasks
  • Learning to think and talk safety with your team openly
  • Understanding the codes of practice that outline the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers
  • Organisational requirements such as reporting problems of maintenance issues. -how, when and to whom?
  • Understanding the risk control hieracrchy for controlling risk
  • Design and engineering controls to remove the need to manual handling

Manual handling training courses can be customised with regards to course length, course contents, learning objectives and outcomes.

Our typical courses include:

  • MH for the office worker/limited manual handling – 60 / 90 minutes
  • MH for the worker who performs frequent manual handling – 120 – 150 minutes
What are some examples of manual handling tasks?

Manual handling is defined as:

Any activity that requires someone to exert a force in order to:

  • Grasp
  • Manipulate
  • Strike
  • Throw
  • Carry
  • Move (lift, lower, push, pull)
  • Hold or restrain an object or body part

In the workplace this could involve:

  • Handling work tools and work items
  • Lifting and lowering work items and tools
  • Pushing and pulling trolleys, doors
  • Hold or restrain an object from moving

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