Workstation Ergonomic and Manual Handling Training

This session combines both Workstation Ergonomics and Manual Handling with either an introductory session (2 hours) or a more comprehensive session (3 hours) available. The longer session has a larger practical component, giving participants the opportunity to demonstrate and practice manual handling techniques and injury prevention stretches as well as allowing more time for feedback and questions. The training is designed for groups of up to 12-15 participants to maximise participation. On completion of the training it is expected that participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the connection between anatomy, biomechanics, ergonomics and manual handling techniques.

  • Understand the ramifications of prolonged, repetitive or awkward techniques and/or postures and implement control strategies to address these issues.

  • Describe the process of risk identification, assessment, control and review.

  • Describe and apply 5 key postures and 4 key principles required to perform manual handling tasks.

  • Modify their manual handling activities to minimise the risk of injury.

  • Apply an array of self-management strategies and take responsibility for personal heath and well being.

  • Apply ergonomic principles to their workstation and discuss and implement methods of reducing potential risks.

Each participant will receive full colour handouts depicting manual handling postures and principles, workstation guidelines, optimal workstation posture and injury prevention exercises so that the messages and learnings can be reinforced long after the training session.

Following the training, should staff continue to have symptoms or experience discomfort, an individual Workstation Assessment may assist in identifying potential issues.