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.”

Corporate Work Health Australia can assist your organisation in identifying manual handling and ergonomic risk factors and recommend strategies to reduce these risks through a number of solutions including work organisation, redesign, engineering, education and training. We are able to send a Cert IV OHS qualified assessor to you to identify hazards and suggest appropriate control measures. This is a legislative requirement for employers in ensuring they maintain their duty of care to workers.

“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.

Manual Handling Risk Assessments are designed to:

  • 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

 

Risk Control

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.

 

Office Risk Assessment

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

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Office Layout

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Workstations

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Job Design

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Workload and Tasks

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Lighting

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Manual Handling

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Noise

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Indoor Air Quality

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Radiation

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Storage, Housekeeping, Cleanliness & Cleaning Methods

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Floors & Stairs

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Computers, Copying & Other Equipment

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Hazardous Substances

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Personal Protective 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.

Home Office Ergonomic & Safety Risk Assessment

In modern times we are seeing more and more workers in Australia working from home. Many workers current musculoskeletal symptoms can be caused by, influenced or aggravated by manual handling and/or prolonged poor sitting postures. Workers who are exposed to repetitive, prolonged, static, forceful or awkward postures or tasks have an increased risk of developing musculoskeletal strains and sprains. All employers in Australia have a duty of care to their workers and contractors to ensure, where reasonably practicable, that the workers home office/environment or tasks do not expose them to risk or injury. Our consultants are able to come to you to carry out one-on-one risk assessment consultations to identify all ergonomic hazards, plus assess manual handling issues, repetition, trip hazards, fire safety, ventilation, emergency contacts, childcare arrangements and first aid supplies.

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.

Ergonomic Risk Assessment

The office environment is an area where many individuals suffer from a variety of musculoskeletal strains and sprains, ranging from neck and back pain to work related upper limb disorders.  Our musculoskeletal consultants will provide on site assessment of the employee’s workstation and provide cost effective solutions to reduce the risk of injury.  Employees will be given advice on workstation postures and how to reduce and prevent the risk of strains and sprains.

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