Everyday activities such as driving a forklift, moving a box or entering data into a computer occur in most workplaces. Did you know however, that these sort of manual tasks can be hazardous and lead to serious musculoskeletal disorders? 34% of people who experienced a work-related injury or illness in 2014 did so through 'lifting, pushing, pulling or bending'. If done incorrectly or poorly designed, manual tasks and activities which involve repetitive action, sustained postures or exposure to vibration contribute to the most common of all workplace injuries.
Every business has potentially hazardous manual handling tasks. Our experienced Occupational Hygienists will identify any physical or environment hazards which put your workers at risk and recommend the appropriate actions to eliminate or reduce those risks. Highly qualified and knowledgeable, they will ensure you are compliant with all safety legislation.
There are specific laws and regulations in relation to managing manual handling tasks. The regulations require you to:
Your duty as an employer is to protect your workers and failure to appropriately manage hazardous manual tasks may result in a breach of WHS/OHS laws.
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