Hazardous Manual Tasks Code of Practice - Australian Capital Territory


You may need to comply with this code if you intend to conduct business that involves carrying out some type of manual task. Manual tasks involve using the body to move or hold an object, people or animals and cover a wide range of activities including stacking shelves, working on a conveyor line and entering data into a computer.

For the purpose of compliance with this Code, manual tasks become hazardous when they need a person to be exposed to repetitive or sustained force, high or sudden force, repetitive movement, sustained or awkward posture or exposure to vibration.

Most jobs involve carrying out some type of manual task. The Code explains how to identify hazardous manual tasks, assess the risks of musculoskeletal disorders and eliminate or minimise those risks. This guidance is also 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. The Code should be read in conjunction with other Codes of Practice relating to hazardous manual task.

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Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

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Act(s) name

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

WorkSafe ACT

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