From 1 January 2012 the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) has effect in the ACT, replacing the Work Safety Act 2008. The information on this page is in the process of being updated to reflect the new WHS Act. Click here for further information on the WHS Act.
Manual Handling refers to any activity requiring the use of force exerted by a person to lift, push. pull, carry or otherwise move, hold or restrain any person, animal or thing.
Australian workers' compensation statistics show that one third of all occupational injuries at work happen during manual tasks, with the retail industry identified as having a high number of manual task related injuries reported each year.
Reduce the risk of injury by following these guidelines:
The following checklist, designed to suit small businesses, is currently available for assessing manual handling issues:
Manual Handling posters are also available from our office.
A Guide to Manual Tasks
WorkSafe ACT has a useful Guide to Manual Tasks which can be downloaded from this website.
Our one page quick tips on Manual Handling is a useful guide for young workers.
Comcare have some useful advice on managing manual handling tasks. Click here to access Comcare's website on this issue.