Performing Manual Tasks in Aged Care
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Today the Top Kineo Courses Blog Series continues with an overview of our Manual Tasks in Aged Care course. You may recall our recent post on Manual Tasks for Workers and Risk Management, which covers similar territory, but this course takes a more specialised approach with its focus on these areas as they relate to aged care. In this course, learners will gain knowledge through the following focus sections:
- Manual tasks and your body
- Reducing the risk of manual tasks
- Legislation and responsibilities
This includes the physical principles that relate to manual tasks, how to perform manual tasks as safely as possible, how to assess and reduce the risks, and legislation and responsibilities among workers and employers. While this is not a full manual handling course, it also contains an overview for no-lift policies and manual handling training in aged care. For more information, check out the full course in Kineo’s learning library.
Understanding Manual Tasks and Identifying Bodily Risks
What is a hazardous manual task? It may sound like this question has an obvious answer, but there can be a wide variety of hazardous tasks in any given workplace.
In short, a hazardous manual task is a manual task that involves any of (or a combination of) these criteria: repetitive or sustained force, high or sudden force, repetitive movement, sustained or awkward posture, and exposure to vibration.
These are also especially critical for healthcare workers in aged care settings. Common hazards and risks in aged care include lifting, supporting and moving patients, handling equipment such as beds, mattresses, trolleys and wheelchairs. Beyond this there are wider considerations such as occupational violence, work-related stress and bullying and harassment.
These manual risk factors are proven to cause stress on the body in the short term, as well as over time. Hazardous activities can also lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which is the most common class of injuries in the workplace. With this information in mind, our course provides learners with a strong understanding of what these manual tasks are and what your body does when performing them. There is also an explanation of best practice push, pull, carry techniques. The course section concludes with an assessment to ensure learning comprehension.
Hierarchy of Risk Control
Once hazardous tasks and associated bodily risks have been identified, the next step is to reduce the risk involved in the workplace. In this course section, the learners are introduced to the hierarchy of risk control and given scenarios to showcase how it applies in a workplace setting. The hierarchy of risk control is used for assessing and managing risks in order to minimise their potential for harm. This system is broken down into three key areas:
- Eliminate the job hazard
- Find a substitution for the job hazard via machine or engineering
- Use PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to perform the job
After the risk control hierarchy is introduced and explained, learners are given scenarios where they are expected to examine and identify all potential hazards before moving ahead. Once again, the course section ends with an assessment where users must receive a passing score in order to move ahead.
Understanding legislation and your responsibilities
The final course section covers an area that has significant importance in any aged care role – legislation and responsibilities. The fact of the matter is that hazardous manual tasks are a major cause of injury in aged care workplaces. Therefore, it is vital to control and minimise the risks associated with these tasks. The safety of staff and residents should be your organisation's highest priority and this training section reinforces the importance of that message.
While it is always your responsibility to make sure you're familiar with legislation that applies to you and your workplace, this course section identifies common areas and highlights differences. For instance, there is an interactive exercise where learners are asked to identify worker responsibilities vs. the responsibilities of the employer. Learners will also receive an overview of safe manual handling and no-lift policies. The course places a special focus on these manual handling tasks as they are a common liability in aged care working environments. Once again, all of this information is reinforced with a final assessment.
More information on Manual Tasks in Aged Care
If you’d like more information on Kineo’s course for Manual Tasks in Aged Care, we invite you to visit the course page. While you’re here, you may also want to look into our more general course covering Manual Tasks for Workers and Risk Management. However, this is just one key area of Kineo Courses, we also offer elearning on Basic Life Support, General Evacuation Training, EEO Diversity Training, and many more. Visit our learning library for the full catalogue and feel free to contact us to get more information on how Kineo Courses can work for your organisation.