MEM11011B

Undertake manual handling

The MEM11011B Undertake Manual Handling unit applies to lifting and moving materials manually and/or using basic manual handling equipment in a wide range of environments.

Maximum manual lifting weight is limited to National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC) recommendations.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Pre-Requisites

This unit has no prerequisites.

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria

Lift materials manually

  • Material weight is determined correctly utilising most appropriate technique, and risks associated with lifting are assessed.

  • Lifting techniques are undertaken to National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC) and standard operating procedures. Types of movement, methods, storage, height and position are considered.

Move/shift materials manually

  •  Appropriate equipment is selected where required.

  • Material is placed safely and securely on moving equipment.

  • Material is relocated ensuring safety of personnel and security of material.

  • Material is unloaded from moving equipment and placed in a safe and secure manner.

Required Skills and Knowledge

Look for evidence that confirms skills in:

  • identifying relevant standards and lifting techniques
  • assessing weight of material
  • selecting lifting equipment
  • working and communicating in teams
  • assessing risks
  • planning
  • reading and interpreting routine information on written job instructions, specifications and standard operating procedures. May include drawings
  • following oral instructions

Required Knowledge

Look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:

  • manual handling techniques
  • hazards of incorrect procedures
  • NOHSC standards for manual handling
  • safe work practices and procedures

Evidence Guide

The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, required skills and knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to move loads manually using appropriate aids.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently perform all elements of the unit as specified by the criteria, including required knowledge, and be capable of applying the competency in new and different situations and contexts.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

This unit may be assessed on the job, off the job or a combination of both on and off the job. Where assessment occurs off the job, that is the candidate is not in productive work, then an appropriate simulation must be used where the range of conditions reflects realistic workplace situations. The competencies covered by this unit would be demonstrated by an individual working alone or as part of a team. The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate.

This unit could be assessed in conjunction with any other units addressing the safety, quality, communication, materials handling, recording and reporting associated with moving loads manually or other units requiring the exercise of the skills and knowledge covered by this unit.

Method of assessment

Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor’s reports, project work, samples and questioning. Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this unit of competency. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required. The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Material Weight

Material weight is determined using scales or interpreting signage

Lifting Techniques

Individual or team lifting, use of appropriate lifting equipment

Appropriate equipment

Hand trolleys, wheelbarrows, motorised/hand pallet trucks (not sit on), scissor lifts, boom lifts, hand carts, dedicated production or process lifting equipment such as baskets, spreader bars, cradles or the like attached to lifting equipment