Manual Handling FAQ

What is manual handling?

Manual Handling involves moving objects or people.  It can include lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying.  When manual handling is done well, the risk of injury is reduced.  This can significantly benefit both employers and their employees.

What common injuries can result from poor manual handling?

A variety of injuries can result from poor manual handling including, and not limited to:

  • Sprains and strains of muscle, ligament or tendon
  • Joint injuries (neck, shoulder, wrist, back)
  • Neck and back injuries (disc)
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Compression of nerves (back, wrist)
  • Chronic pain
  • Abdominal hernias

Why should you improve manual handling in your organisation?

Implementing a program of safe manual handling in your organisation is essential, particularly in Aged Care where the incidence of Manual Handling injuries is 15% higher than in other industries.

Improved Manual Handling will:

  • reduce the risk of injury
  • reduce injury claims
  • satisfy accreditation requirements
  • increase the standard of care given to clients
  • improve staff morale

Secure Moves FAQ

What can Secure Moves offer your organisation?

At Secure Moves we are passionate about improving your manual handling culture.

We can offer your organisation:

  • Certified trainers, specialising in Aged Care:
    We provide training that is delivered by qualified Physiotherapists with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and extensive Aged Care experience.
  • Training specially tailored to your organisation:
    We incorporate your organisation’s processes into the training for maximum effectiveness.
  • Improved manual handling culture:
    We provide the tools to help empower your staff to take responsibility for their own health and safety.
  • Independent competency assessments:
    We conduct unbiased, theory and practical assessments that give you confidence that your staff have the skills and knowledge needed to perform their job safely.
  • Excellent training resources:
    We continually update training resources based on industry best practice.
  • Training that targets both new and experienced staff:
    We design our courses to engage staff no matter what their background and experience levels.
  • Risk Management services:
    We can assist you with assessing risks in your facility and providing solutions to manage the risk.
  • Risk Reduction Exercise programs:
    We provide a pro-active approach to reduce the risk of injury to your staff.

What is included in a training session?

All Secure Moves training sessions are thorough programs that cover all aspects of safe manual handling and risk management. Sessions include:

  • On-site training
  • Comprehensive training manual (as required)
  • Theory and Practical competency assessments of all staff (on request)
  • Assessment reports for management following completion of training

What does competency testing involve?

Competency testing involves determining if a person has the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to perform their job safely.

Secure Moves training sessions can include competency testing so that you can have confidence in your staff.

Staff are required to complete a short written test and then individual simulated practical assessments are conducted covering a range of manual handling tasks.
As an independent organisation, Secure Moves can provide accurate competency assessments of staff, devoid of bias. We don’t just “tick the box”.

Something else you wanted to ask?

For further information, please contact Secure Moves on:

t: 0409 155 536