Manual Handling Induction
A manual handling induction is training focused on manual handling and safe work practices, provided to employees prior to commencing employment. A manual handling induction provides information and demonstration regarding safety policies and procedures, job specific manual handling and work practices, with the goal of minimising the risk of injury. In our experience, employees who aware of how to complete work tasks safely prior to starting employment are less likely to sustain injuries as a result of ‘bad work practices’. Manual Handling Inductions can be provided as part of a safety/workplace health and safety induction or as a stand alone induction program. Our professional trainers are all tertiary qualified health professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapist and exercise physiologists. Our trainers are experts in providing manual handling inductions in a practical way and tailored to your business and work tasks.
Manual handling inductions are usually 1 to 2 hours in duration and include a theory and practical component. The theory component covers risk factors, ideal postures and basic anatomical information while the practical component allows employees to demonstrate and practice safe manual handling techniques specific to work tasks. For example, demonstrating safe use of a hoist for nursing staff or correct standing postures on a manufacturing line. Our experienced trainers have extensive experience providing manual handling inductions and manual handling training in a range of settings including nursing, mining, manufacturing and transport industries.
When to use a manual handling induction as part of your induction procedures?
- When the safety of your employees is a priority.
- When hiring new employees in order to ensure they are aware of the safety practices and policies of the workplace.
- When employees change work roles within your company.
- For your employees who work in manual roles including nursing, mining, construction, transport, manufacturing.
- As part of a safety or workplace health and safety induction.
- If your company is in an industry known for high risk of injury.
- If your organisation has a high injury rate.
What are the benefits of implementing a manual handling induction?
- It is practical and hands on training, not only theory based.
- Enables your workers to be able to independently identify risks within the workplace and assess tasks before proceeding.
- Reduces the risk and incidences of injury within manual roles.
- Ensures that your employees are aware of the safety expectations within your work environment.
- Ensures that your employees are aware of the risks in their roles.
- Can assist in identifying new employees who may require more training before commencing employment.
Induction programs are often all theory based, and provided in a ‘lecture style’ format. Advantage Injury Management Services provides our manual handling inductions at your workplace, tailored to your specific work roles and tasks, allowing us to provide manual handling inductions in a ‘hands on’ and practical way!