Hazardous Manual Tasks Code of Practice - Australian Capital Territory

Description

You will be required 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 require a person to be exposed to repetitive or sustained force, high or sudden force, repetitive movement, sustained or awkward posture or exposure to vibration.

This Code of Practice is a Compliance Code. Compliance Codes are made to provide practical guidance to persons who have occupational health and safety duties or obligations. Compliance with this Code of Practice is not mandatory. Failure to comply with a Compliance Code does not give rise to civil or criminal liability. However, meeting the requirements of a Compliance Code means that you have fulfilled your occupational health and safety duties and obligations in relation to the matters covered by the Compliance Code.

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.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

In order to manage risk, you have a duty to:

  • identify reasonable foreseeable hazards that could give rise to risk
  • eliminate risks so far as reasonably practicable
  • if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk - minimise the risk so far as is reasonably practicable by implementing control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of control
  • maintain the implemented control measures so that it remains effective
  • review, and if necessary revise, risk control measures so as to maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a work environment that is without risks to health and safety

Act(s) name

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 ACT

Regulation(s) name

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 ACT

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

WorkSafe ACT

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

General Enquiries

WorkSafe ACT

Access Canberra

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Phone: 02 6207 3000
Fax: 02 6205 0336