be required to comply with this code if you intend to conduct business that
involves carrying out some type of manual task.
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.
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
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.
consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of
compliance that may be required.