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 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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Manual Handling Risk Assessment Service in Australia
Have you optimized 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.
We 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 organization and in doing so we can help to achieve the following for you:
- Financial savings
- Healthier employees
- Increased productivity
- Improved morale
- Fewer injuries
- Quicker recoveries
The Importance of a Manual Handling Risk 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 as 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 is educated in terms of how to best go about their work, 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 in play.
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 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. 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 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 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 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.
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 assessment that will stand you in good stead into the future.
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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.
- Phone consultation with key stakeholders
- Site visit with key stakeholders to complete the hazardous manual task risk management assessment
- Reporting on key findings of the assessment
Manual Handling Hazard Identification Assessment
- Phone consultation with key stakeholders to discuss current manual handling issues in the workplace, injury history relating to manual tasks.
- Site consultation to review all manual tasks performed
- Development of manual handling hazard checklist & report
Manual Handling Risk Assessment
- 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
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
Office Risk Assessment
Workload and Tasks
Indoor Air Quality
Storage, Housekeeping, Cleanliness & Cleaning Methods
Floors & Stairs
Computers, Copying & Other Equipment
Personal Protective Equipment
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.
Ergonomic Risk Assessments
Ergonomic Risk Assessments