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Hazardous manual tasks

Guidance materials

Most jobs involve carrying out some type of manual tasks. However, some manual tasks are hazardous and can cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as sprains and strains of muscles, ligaments and tendons. These are the most common type of injury in South Australia representing approximately one third of workers compensation claims in 2011/2012.

The following guidance material has been developed to help workplaces to manage the risk of hazardous manual tasks by implementing a risk management process. The guidance material should be read in conjunction with the WHS Regulations relating to Hazardous Manual Tasks and the Code of Practice - Hazardous Manual Tasks.

Code of Practice

The Code of Practice for Hazardous Manual Tasks has been developed to explain how to identify hazardous manual tasks, assess the risks of musculoskeletal disorders and eliminate or minimise those risks. This guidance is relevant for designers, manufacturers, importers or suppliers of equipment, materials and tools used for work, as well as designers of workplaces where manual tasks are carried out.