Safety Consulting & Training

‘Think Risk’ Manual Handling Programs

Most occupations in most industries involve using manual handling to complete a task.  Manual tasks cover a wide range of activities that involve using your body to move handle an object including unpacking boxes, working in an assembly line and even working consistently on a computer. Manual handling tasks are most prevalent in occupations within the manufacturing and construction industries, which account for 32% of ACC work-related claims. Claims resulting from common manual handling movements such as twisting, lifting, carrying, strain, pushing and pulling accounted for 27% of all active ACC claims in the 15/16FY.

In aiming to minimize the risks and incidences caused that can be attributed to hazardous manual handling, Bodycare offers educational initiatives such as ‘Think Risk’ to assist companies in preventing and managing injuries in the workplace. The structure of each program is tailored to the individual needs of the company, after a review of the particular working conditions and the nature of injuries suffered by workers.

The training programs are an essential tool in providing all workers with the necessary education and skills to undertake safe manual handling practices in the workplace. The focus of this training package is to be interactive and engaging in order to maximize understanding and empower employees to apply these ideas on an ongoing basis in their day to day jobs, as well as helping to remove the negative stigma associated with manual handling training.

All training is conducted by an experienced Bodycare Injury Prevention Specialist with extensive knowledge of workplace environments.

Make your safety program a key part of your company culture by actively committing to it at all levels of leadership.

The ‘Think Risk’ training is broken down into two sections, a theoretical component and a practical hands on component which address the following:

To educate employees in the principles of risk identification and assessment in relation to hazardous manual handling tasks
To ensure employees understand the importance of employing correct manual handling principles
To educate employees in understanding the basic anatomy of their bodies and the importance of workplace stretching and injury prevention exercises
To allow employees to ask questions to an appropriately qualified allied health professional (physiotherapist).
To ensure employees are aware of each job task and their application to the work environment.
To ensure employees are aware of correct working postures so they are able to work comfortably, safely and efficiently
Manual Handling Training at Bodycare

Employing a robust and integrated manual handling program in a workplace can have the following benefits and impacts:

Create a positive workplace culture based on health and safety principles
Increase employee engagement and awareness in their role and personal health
Employees activate improved manual handling processes, reducing workplace injury risk
Tasks are completed with correct postures and movement, increasing role efficiency and productivity
Decrease in musculoskeletal injuries associated with manual handling tasks
Generally, a safer and more robust workforce

Contact us now to learn more about our Safety Consulting and Training services.