Manual Handling Risk Assessment

“A manual handling risk assessment is an important step in protecting workers as well as complying with legal requirements and provides a logical and systematic approach to managing risks in the workplace.”

Manual handling Risk Assessment Services – Hazardous Manual Tasks Risk Management Systems Assessment + Hazard Identification + PErforM + ManTRA – We offer this service in all major cities around Australia.

Corporate Work Health Australia can assist your organisation in identifying manual handling and ergonomic hazards and risk factors and recommend strategies to reduce these risks through a number of solutions including work organisation, redesign, engineering, education and training.

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“The cost to individuals, employers and the health system of chronic disease and the ageing population is creating an imperative for action. The cost of absenteeism in Australia is estimated at $7 billion each year, while the cost of presenteeism (not fully functioning at work because of medical conditions) is nearly four times more, estimated at almost $26 billion in 2005–06.”

Medibank Private (2005). The Health of Australia’s Workforce.

Hazardous Manual Tasks Risk Management Systems Assessment

This assessment is completed to assist organisations in a gap analysis of hazardous manual tasks (HMT) risk management within their organisation.

This process involves consultation with key stakeholders within the organisations, with the key objective to reduce soft tissue injuries within the organisation linked to manual handling activities.

Key elements of a thorough HMT risk management system are consulted over within your organisation to highlight any areas which may need to be improved.

Key areas reviewed are:

  • Commitment policy and planning
  • Consultation and communication
  • Hazard identification and risk assessment
  • Training and competency

This will result in the delivery of a report highlighting key findings, strategies to improve any gaps in the organisations risk management systems and key expected outcomes from the integration of these strategies.

What’s Involved

  1. Phone consultation with key stakeholders
  2. Site visit with key stakeholders to complete the hazardous manual task risk management assessment
  3. Reporting on key findings of the assessment

Manual Handling Hazard Identification Assessment

Prior to undertaking specific manual handling task risk assessments it is essential that all manual tasks are identified in the workplace and considered to help guide you on your risk management process.

What’s Involved:

  1. Phone consultation with key stakeholders to discuss current manual handling issues in the workplace, injury history relating to manual tasks.
  2. Site consultation to review all manual tasks performed
  3. Development of manual handling hazard checklist & report

Manual Handling Risk Assessment

Our specialised musculoskeletal consultants have extensive knowledge in all manual handling environments, ranging from office based manual handling tasks to heavy industry.  Their understanding of the human body and how injuries occur within the manual handling environment means that they can work with you to reduce work related manual handling injuries within your work environment.


Whats Involved:

  • Consultation with key stake holders regarding specific manual handling task or process issue.
  • Risk assessment of the specific task or process (individual manual tasks)
  • Reporting on risk assessment findings and control measures with regards to the risk control hierarchy according to the the manual task risk assessed

Not sure what you need?

One of our consultants can arrange to give you a call to discuss your specific needs.  Workplaces have a responsibility to provide a duty of care to their workers and if workers are performing manual tasks, workplaces should be looking to identify workplace hazards, conduct risk assessments and implement control measures to eliminate or reduce ones risk of injury relating to manual handling in the workplace.  Workplaces should have safe method work statements in place with regards to work activities in the workplace.  Should you not have these in place, we are also able to help provide guidance in establishing these.

Steps to a risk assessment

  • Identify hazards in a workplace, particular task, or process.
  • Assess and consider the level of risk associated with each hazard.
  • Decide on control measures to prevent, or minimise the level of, the risks.
  • Implement control measures
  • Monitor and review the effectiveness of the measure

Office Risk Assessment

The Office Risk Assessment involves the assessment of the following key areas:

  • Office Layout
  • Workstations
  • Jon Design
  • Workload and Tasks
  • Lighting
  • Manual Handling
  • Noice
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Radiation
  • Storage, Housekeeping, Cleanliness & Cleaning Methods
  • Floors & Stairs
  • Computers, Copying & Other Equipment
  • Hazardous Substanes
  • Personal Productive Equipment

Conducting an office risk assessment allows us to identify where there may be risks in the office environment and provide you with solutions to reduce the risk in the office work environment.

As part of the office risk assessment, consultation with key stakeholders such as HR, MD or Operations manager, OHS rep and office workers is required.

Duration: The duration of the office risk assessment will vary depending on each company and may take between 1 hr and half a day.

What happens after the assessment?

Our consultants will provide you with a detailed report on all aspects of the office risk assessment. This will highlight areas of immediate concern and provide you with solutions to help reduce the risk in the workplace.

Manual Handling Training

Corporate Work Health Australia offer a range of manual handling training packages that can be customised to suit your companies needs.  Find out more about these by clicking on the link below

Ergonomic Risk Assessments

If your work force is primarily office based and workers are spending considerable amounts of time at the computer in the office, travelling for work (interstate) or driving, then you may require a risk assessment and training in these specific work areas.  CWHA currently offer a range of risk assessments specific to these areas.  Find out more about these services by clicking on the links below


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