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Two types of training should be considered at every workplace where manual tasks are performed and potentially hazardous.- risk management for manual tasks and task specific training. These have been outlined in the Manual Task Code of Practice (2010).
Everyone involved in organising and implementing manual task processes where hazards have been identified should be trained in risk management for manual tasks.
The level, length and type of training provided should be tailored and comparable to the risk involved and the role of the participants involved in the risk management process. Any training should focus on the specific problems identified in the assessment process and take on a participatory approach. Depending on the degree of risk, participants should have an understanding of some or all of:
Those workers and self-employed people required to undertake the task should also attend task specific training.
After training, participants should be able to:
WorkSafe has developed a sample training package that can be adapted and modified for your workplace.