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Manual handling


Manual handling involves more than just lifting or carrying something. It refers to a range of activities including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, moving, holding or restraining an object. It also includes tasks that have repetitive actions, sustained postures, or concurrent exposure to vibration. The Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 states that these are the characteristics of 'hazardous manual tasks' and have the potential to cause injury. Work Cover Queensland Code of Practice provides detailed information on hazardous manual tasks and how they can be controlled in the workplace.

Manual handling covers a wide range of activities at USC including, stacking shelves, entering data into a computer, working in a USC laboratory, or working outdoors. Manual handling could therefore apply to just about all of the daily tasks that you perform in both the workplace or at home.

With the prevalence of manual handling in the workplace it should not be surprising that manual handling is one of the most common causes of workplace injury.

Manual handling injuries can be short term or long term, and can restrict the way you go about your day-to-day activities due to unnecessary pain, discomfort and / or restricted mobility.

The University provides online Manual Handling training  to increase awareness of manual handling, the injuries it can cause and prevention strategies.

This online training module covers four key areas:

  • introduction to manual handling
  • health issues
  • risk management
  • working safely

This module will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

At the end of the module, staff will be required to complete the assessment with a pass rate of 80%.

Once completed, competency will be recorded and reported to your manager. The requirement to complete this module will be determined by Head of School and/or supervisor/manager, based on the level of risk.

It should be completed within 0-5 days of commencing employment and then annually.

While this online training module is not mandatory, any staff member who wishes to complete this module is welcome to do so.

To access the online training you will be required to log into USC Blackboard at: Manual Handling Module

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