Manual Handling Risk & Safety Hazard Assessment

A manual handling risk assessment is an important step in protecting workers as well as complying with legal requirements. Our tailored manual handling risk assessments provide a clear, logical and systematic approach to identifying hazards and managing safety in the workplace.

Reduce Workplace Injury and Boost Employee Productivity

Manual Handling Risk Assessments Can Identify Hazards And Improve Safety

Corporate Work Health Australia are the go-to people for those at the heads of businesses who wish to determine the safety standards of their organization, and who wish to ensure that their most valuable assets, that is, their employees, are not working in an unsafe work environment. We tailor-design health and safety and wellness programs to the specific needs of your with our manual handling risk assessment.

We can assist your organisation in identifying manual handling and ergonomic hazards and risk factors then recommend strategies to improve safety through a number of solutions to promote safe manual handling processes.

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Manual handling assessment services include; hazard identification, risk management, safety assessment and OHS reporting. We also offer manual handling training courses in all major cities around Australia and online.

Manual Handling Risk Assessment Service in Australia

Have you optimised your workforce’s ability to be productive? Can you say to an absolute certainty that there are no weak areas that slow staff down in your processes, or that there is nothing they do over the course of the day that could cause them to incur an injury? If you feel your work environment is safe and that you have employed competent employees who “know what they’re doing”, but have not carried out a manual handling risk assessment to date, then now is the time.

At Corporate Work Health Australia, we believe that for the majority of companies there is a strong possibility that their processes and procedures have not been optimized and, as a consequence, that they are losing out on both productivity and potentially incurring costs as a result of worker absenteeism and injury.

The Importance of a Manual Handling Hazard Assessment

The sooner that you have a manual handling assessment completed the better. It should not be viewed as a potentially troubling report on the safety of your workspace, but instead as a proactive way to address issues that could be improved, which may, in turn, lead to knock-on benefits for the collective.

Once your practices and procedures are in line with the risk assessment and safety standards expected then fostering good practices from that point forward will help to sustain this into the future and lead to more and more efficiencies and improvements.

Once staff are educated in terms of how to best go about their work and identify manual handling hazards, the likelihood of claims for negligence and liability will also drop. As the number of workplace-related injuries and accidents fall, so too will the costs associated with these. Your productivity numbers will grow since staff will be at work more often than previously experienced and with good practices.

A workforce that sees that their employers are committed to providing a safe work environment and who recognize that efforts are continually made to improve the standards of the work that they complete will undoubtedly feel much more appreciated. This will improve the overall morale of the company, which can have a positive effect on productivity and profitability. We also run train the trainer courses so that your workplace can be up skilled in manual handling safety assessments when new employees come on board.

A Manual Handling Assessment Will Help You Remain Health and Safety Compliant

At Corporate Work Health Australia, we endeavor to provide you with strategies that are designed to enhance the work-life your employees have and to ensure that you are compliant in terms of providing a safe and healthy work environment through manual handling hazard assessments. Workplace injuries and accidents cost Australian companies billions of dollars every year, and so it makes sense to take action to negate the possibility of incurring a potentially costly claim. We can also provide manual handling training to your office employees to improve the situation.

Our manual handling risk assessment service affords you an objective point of view from trained professionals including osteopaths, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and exercise physiologists who will then create a program that will stand your workforce in good stead and boost your ability to remain productive and profitable. Call today to discuss your needs and to book an appointment.

Manual Handling is Good for Business

How many of your employees do you think would respond positively to the thought of incurring an injury while at work that meant their evening or weekend plans would be disrupted? Very few, we imagine. While the idea of time off work might appeal to some, the truth is that sick leave is something that very few people ever want to face. Simple mistakes and oversights in terms of work procedures can, however, lead to accidents, which is why a manual handling assessment is a worthwhile undertaking to identify manual handling risks no matter what industry you occupy.

A safe workplace is one that promotes a greater sense of staff morale and motivation. Employees who can see that their employers take an interest in the safety standards of their workstations and invest in ergonomic furniture to make it possible for them to do their best work appreciate the consideration. It motivates them to work harder and it gives them every opportunity to advance and reach their potential.

At Corporate Work Health Australia, our assessments are a highly effective, tailor-made means of finding the flaws in your workplace and work systems by assessing manual handling processes. By implementing changes based on our observations, a business can expect to cut its levels of absenteeism. Less sick leave or time required to engage with doctors or physiotherapists means more time to remain productive, which drives profitability.

The Key Areas That Benefit from Manual Handling Assessments

If you have reached the year’s end and believe that there are areas in your business that could benefit from a more streamlined approach, we encourage you to first complete a manual handling risk assessment. While the desire may be there to eliminate some aspects of work systems until you fully appreciate the complexity of the role it makes little sense to adjust it.

It is often surprising to some employers what they learn from our manual handling safety assessments. Poor work practices that have been passed down from one employee to the next often pose an immediate risk to health and safety standards. In the absence of proper training that achieves uniform thinking, any workplace is susceptible to well-intentioned actions that result in harm, injury and accidents.

As such, one of the key areas that benefit from a comprehensive manual handling assessment is the legal department. Whether you have an in-house team, or if you retain the services of a dedicated service provider, in the absence of effective health and safety procedures and practices, you can expect to pay out a lot of money to compensate workers for injuries. You may also face lengthy court battles that can cost a fortune because of poor assessment of manual handling hazards.

Your financials are the main area that is ultimately impacted when things go wrong. You lose productivity, you lose a valuable member of your team for an indeterminate amount of time, you must engage with the hiring process and invest in training. What’s more, you lose a lot of time, which cannot be recovered.

Don’t Just Train – Implement

Here at Corporate Work Health Australia, we believe that the best way for any company to engage with a manual handling risk assessment is to implement the changes that are necessary sooner rather than later. The reputation of your business could be affected as a result of an accident and it could become difficult to attract the best staff or even land new contracts as a result of poor work practices.

An in-house assessment carried out by an impartial corporate health consultant is your ticket to a safer workplace that can progress your goals. When you are ready to engage in the process, depend on our team to deliver a comprehensive manual handling hazard assessment that will stand you in good stead into the future.

Jobsite Manual Handling Assessment

In the workplace, there are many manual handling hazards that your workers are exposed to in their daily tasks. While you may be aware of some of them, there could be hidden ways that your workers are being put at risk that have yet to be identified.

By hiring an external consultant such as Corporate Work Health Australia to complete your manual handling risk assessment *, you can know that your processes have been independently checked to ensure the best working environment for your employees.

While no one wants to hear that their workplace and the processes that happen there are unsafe, by flagging up potential issues now, you can save a lot of money in the future. With a manual handling assessment *, your areas of weakness can be addressed, creating a safer environment for all.

Why is a Risk Assessment Imperative for Your Workplace?

Manual handling is common in a lot of workplaces. When work is incorrectly carried out, it can lead to a range of musculoskeletal disorders that can affect the back, joints, and limbs. When workers are suffering and in pain, they are much less likely to perform at their optimum level, and therefore the productivity of your business is reduced. With the identification of these manual handling risks, training a manual handling assessor can be beneficial to avoid these injuries from taking place.

Manual handling can form an important part of many businesses, including farming, offices, factories, and warehouses, along with many more.

A manual handling assessment is legally required to identify hazardous activities, and from the assessment, eliminate the risk. By enlisting the help of Corporate Work Health Australia, you can be sure that your risk assessment has been completed thoroughly and that it allows you to carry out your legal obligations.

From your risk assessment, you may need to make some changes that could be to do with the layout, by using different objects for the tasks involved, or by using mechanical aids to protect workers.

You can rely on our expertise to identify hazards and assess their level of risk. From here, control measures can be decided upon and then put in place. An important step of the process is also to review the measures that have been put in place.

Coupled with our manual handling training, we put you in good stead to deliver a safe and functional working environment.

A Professional Job from the Experts at Corporate Work Health Australia

By investing now, you can protect the future of not only your employees but also your business. An expensive lawsuit as a result of negligence at work can be devastating. The good news is that by identifying the manual handling hazards and risks, putting methods and training in place to avoid injuries and accidents, you can minimise the risks.

Contact Corporate Work Health Australia today for your manual handling risk assessment * and feel confident that you have been equipped with the knowledge that gives you the power to protect your most valuable asset – your staff.

We can customise any of our programs to suit your requirements

Face to Face Assessments

Our Manual Handling Assessments

Risk Management Systems Assessment

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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

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

The outcome:
The delivery of a report highlighting key findings, strategies to improve any gaps in the organisation’s risk management systems and key expected outcomes from the integration of these strategies.


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Hazard Identification Assessment

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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.

Key areas reviewed: 

  • Review of injury statistics, body regions impacted and mechanism of injuries
  • Consultation with workers regarding current manual tasks and perceived hazardous manual tasks
  • Review of manual tasks within the workplace 

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

The outcome:

To provide the business with an overview of the current manual tasks within the workplace and primary manual handling hazards.   This information can then be used to determine which tasks may benefit from a more detailed manual handling risk assessment and apply risk management control strategies. 


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Office risk assessment

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The office risk assessment is a broad assessment of the entire office that includes all work areas that ensures we identify all hazards and risks.  

Key areas reviewed: 

  • Office layout i.e. workstation layout and placement of workstations, meeting rooms and breakout room
  • Workstations, job design, workload, tasks, lighting, manual handling
  • Noise i.e. review of noise to determine if noise is a potential hazard for worker comfort and productivity
  • Storage, Housekeeping, Cleanliness & Cleaning Methods
  • Floors and Stairs
  • Computers, Copying & Other Equipment
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Personal Protective Equipment

What’s involved:

  1. Conduct an office risk assessment 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. The duration of the office risk assessment will vary depending on each company and may take between 1 hr and half a day.
  2. Consultation with key stakeholders such as HR, MD or Operations manager, OHS rep and office workers is required.

The outcome:

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.


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Ergonomic risk assessment

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 offers a range of risk assessments specific to these areas.  Find out more about these services by clicking on the links below.

Office Workstation Risk Assessment

Vehicle Risk Assessment

Benefits of Manual Handling Assessments for Companies

Corporate Work Health Australia can assist your organisation in identifying manual handling and ergonomic risks and develop strategies to reduce manual handling hazards and increase safety.

Benefits to your business:

  • Financial savings
  • Healthier employees
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved morale
  • Fewer injuries
  • Quicker recoveries

Benefits of Manual Handling Assessments for Employees

Manual handling risk assessment requires a collaborative approach that will engage workers to proactively identify hazards. It empowers them to be solution orientated and ultimately be in charge of their own safety.

Benefits to you team:

  • Increased consultation and collaboration in the workplace
  • Empowering workers to be solution focused
  • Healthier and happier workers
  • Increased productivity 
  • Fewer injuries due to safe manual handling


We connected with Wade from CWH again to assist in this transition.

They assisted our team in transitioning to working from home in three ways: a group webinar education session, followed by workers completing a self-assessment form and then undertaking 1:1 consultations to deliver a tailored approach.

As a business we have made the transition smoother to ensure our workers are comfortable, and set up to perform their tasks safely at home.

Gorana Saula


The inner-city business for whom I work as Office Administrator recently engaged CWHA to deliver “Sit Safe” training seminars and conduct ergonomic assessments for all our staff. It was a very worthwhile undertaking. The information imparted in the seminars was interesting and applicable. The individual desk checks were thorough and valuable, as was the subsequent comprehensive report.

Margaret Wenham

King & Company Solicitors

We recently had Wade out at our workplace to deliver Ergonomic Assessment training. Wade has a wealth of knowledge that he willingly shares with participants. His easy going presentation style ensures the course is delivered in an interesting and practical format that is beneficial to everyone.  I have no hesitation in recommending Wade for your future training needs.

Patrick Doyle

Southern Downs Regional Council

We have been using Corporate Work Health for over 5 years to provide ergonomic assessments and educational training to our employees. Wade is very professional and very well qualified and he always achieve good results for our employees. I would highly recommend Wade to anyone looking for a health professional to assist their organisation.

Julia Paino

Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers


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Call, email or complete a form. Let us know what you want to achieve or the problems you are having.

2. Consultation

Phone, video call or face to face. We will discuss your needs, make some suggestions and provide a quote.

3. Assessment

Your assessment and/or training package is 100% tailor made to suit your needs, budget and service requirements.

4. Training

Onsite, online or both. Your personalised package is delivered by health professionals with extensive clinical and teaching experience.

5. Results

We have helped thousands of people at some of Australia’s top companies. Our team will work with you every step of the way to ensure you achieve the right results for your company and for your workers.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What constitutes a Manual Handling operation?

Manual handling is defined as:

Any activity that requires someone to exert a force in order to:

  • Grasp
  • Manipulate
  • Strike
  • Throw
  • Carry
  • Move (lift, lower, push, pull)
  • Hold or restrain an object or body part

Workers who perform these tasks are at risk of manual handling injuries.  Workers should be educated on manual handling risk management and best practices relating to manual handling. Contact us at Corporate Work Health Australia

What are my responsibilities as an employer under the law?

When it comes to health and safety, the PCBU (person, company or business undertaking), also known as the employer, has a duty of care to provide a safe workplace, ensure they have appropriate risk management strategies in place and provide the appropriate PPE and training to employees/workers. 

Workplaces where workers undertake manual handling as part of their job role should be undertaking manual tasks hazard identification, manual handling risk assessments and provide risk management and manual handling training as part of their overall OHS risk management process. 

Workers who undertake manual handling on a daily basis are likely to benefit from manual handling training on a regular basis (6 monthly or annual basis), whereas workers who infrequently handle loads i.e. office workers may only need training every 2 years as their risk exposure is less.

What is a Risk Assessment?

A manual handling risk assessment focuses on identifying manual handling hazards and then assessing the risks in consultation with the worker(s).

The risk assessment will look to identify which body regions are impacted and will look to score the risk in proportion to what’s observed.

When undertaking a risk assessment, we will observe and look to manage the following:

  • repetitive or sustained force
  • high or sudden force
  • repetitive movement
  • sustained or awkward posture
  • exposure to vibration

The focus of the risk assessment should be focused on the risk control hierarchy that looks to:

Level 1. Eliminate manual handling
Level 2. Substitute the hazard with something safer.  Isolate the hazard. Reduce the risk through engineering controls
Level 3. Administrative controls i.e. job rotation, rest breaks, manual handling training

There are many types of manual handling risk assessment that can be used.  Common examples include the PerFORM risk assessment, MaNTRA risk assessment, REBA risk assessment.

How do I assess Risks in my workplace?

Assessing risks in the workplace involves several steps that include:

  1. Review of current injuries in the workplace i.e. body region, reason for injury, review of incident report
  2. Review of hazard report and near miss reports
  3. Consultation with stakeholders i.e. workers regarding current perceived/identified hazards/risks and body regions impacted
  4. Selection of risk assessment tool
  5. Performing of risk assessment
What are the recommended weight limits for lifting?

Neither the regulations or codes of practice specify weight limits for lifting. 

This is because there are many factors that impact on the risk, not just the weight of the item being handled.

Some workplaces will implement weight limits for single or dual person lifting as well as weight limits according to height ranges.  They have likely implemented these internal company policies and procedures as part of their manual tasks risk management process.

Do employees have responsibilities?

When it comes to manual handling in the workplace, employees have the following responsibilities:

  • Follow all reasonable instructions in relation to manual handling procedures
  • Engage in the consultative process
  • Report manual handling hazards to their immediate supervisor/branch manager; and
  • Undertake and apply manual handling training as required
Can I implement a “No Lifting Policy”?

A workplace can implement their own policies and procedures with regards to manual handling, however it is important that the business/employer understands the practicality of doing so.  In many workplaces it is simply not feasible or practical to implement a no lifting policy as there is likely to be some type of manual task to be conducted in a workplace. Therefore creating a policy that workers/employees cannot adhere to is not appropriate.

In many circumstances a business may look to implement a no lifting policy with regards to a specific task or item. Mechanical aids may be more appropriate to move the load and the hazard/risk associated with manually moving these loads may be too great.  A business is likely to ensure they have a safe work method statement relating to how this task should be performed.

What are some examples of manual handling tasks?

Manual handling is defined as:

Any activity that requires someone to exert a force in order to:

  • Grasp
  • Manipulate
  • Strike
  • Throw
  • Carry
  • Move (lift, lower, push, pull)
  • Hold or restrain an object or body part

In the workplace this could involve:

  • Handling work tools and work items
  • Lifting and lowering work items and tools
  • Pushing and pulling trolleys, doors
  • Hold or restrain an object from moving

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