Manual Handling and Ergonomics


This course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to identify, assess and control hazards associated with manual handling and computer use in the workplace.


4 Hours.

Who should attend

All employees, managers, supervisors and purchasing.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge about manual handling hazards and tasks in the workplace;
  • Discuss the significance of musculo-skeletal injuries (including RSI and computer related issues) to the workforce and greater community;
  • Explain requirements under the current legislation and new National Code of Practice to prevent the risks associated with Musculo-Skeletal Disorders (MSDs) in the workplace;
  • Describe the anatomy of the spine and accurately identify on themselves the position of the hip and shoulder joints;
  • Set out a model for destructive forces and integrative forces in movements and their effects on soft tissue and bone;
  • Establish and describe safe approaches to manual handling movements and computer related movements that minimise the risk of injury;
  • Conduct a detailed risk assessment of manual handling and/or computer use using conventional approaches and the new Australian Code of Practice 2005 model;
  • Confidently apply new strategies that minimise the risks of injury into their particular work situation;
  • Problem solve and find solutions to manual handling and/or computer related issues with their own specific work environment.

No formal assessments will be undertaken for this course. Students attending this course will be given a Certificate of Attendance.

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