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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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.

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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


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


Manual Handling Training

Office Risk Assessment

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


Office Layout




Job Design


Workload and Tasks




Manual Handling




Indoor Air Quality




Storage, Housekeeping, Cleanliness & Cleaning Methods


Floors & Stairs


Computers, Copying & Other Equipment


Hazardous Substances


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.

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

Ergonomic Risk Assessments


Vehicle Risk Assessments

Vehicle Ergonomic Assessment

Remote Office/Home Workstation Risk Assessment

Home Office Ergonomic Workstation Assessments

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