Manual handling risk assessments

manual handling risk assessments
Manual handling is the use of force to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move, hold or restrain loads.

By understanding how manual handling impacts the development of musculoskeletal disorders, you can control the associated risks. Learn how to identify hazardous manual handling tasks and put procedures in place that protect workers' health. 

Hazardous manual handling risk assessments

Manual handling claims equate for over 50% of all injuries that occur in the workplace. Over half of these are lower back injuries followed by musculoskeletal disorders which cause severe and debilitating symptoms such as pain, numbness and tingling.

Many of these injuries and claims can be avoided as they stem from poor manual handling practices that usually involve repetitive or sustained awkward postures, high forces, long duration of tasks and poorly designed workflows.

Injuries like this can have lasting effects on your staff and business, including:

  • Reduced productivity
  • Increased time away from work
  • Inability to perform job tasks
  • Increase in workers’ compensations costs

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 require employers to identify any hazardous manual handling undertaken by employees. Employers are obliged to eliminate associated risks of musculoskeletal disorders or reduce them so far as is reasonably practicable to stop the risk of musculoskeletal disorders developing.

Our experienced consultants can assist you to identify your hazardous manual handling tasks and compile achievable control strategies to eliminate risk, or if this is not practicable, reduce the risk associated with the tasks. Our consultants are also able to develop safe work procedures relating to tasks to help ensure your employees are well informed of the process.

Develop your procedures

Clear and correct manual handling instructions are critical for compliance and safety. We can equip your business with effective manual handling procedures that are easy to follow and develop manual handling procedures in consultation with the individuals that carry out the work to reduce potential hazards and injuries.

We can help you:

  • Assess postures adopted in manual handling tasks
  • Reduce excessive forces or vibrations
  • Eliminate repeated movements and associated strain 
  • Alter the long duration of movements that can cause harm
  • Improve layout of equipment for improved operations and safety.

Build your internal capability

Employees that can identify and recommend controls for hazardous manual handling tasks are an asset for any organisation. Our consultants can build your internal capability to ensure the best manual handling safety outcomes are achieved. We also offer a wide range of short or accredited safety courses delivered throughout Victoria that you can explore online.

Contact us

If you would like to learn more about our consulting services, or ask about manual handling risk assessments, please email us or call 03 8662 5333.

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