You must comply with this standard if you are going to be involved in manual work. This standard applies to employers, owners and employees of workplaces, designers and manufacturers or suppliers of workplace-related items.
The standard sets out the principles for the effective management of hazardous manual tasks to avert injuries arising from manual tasks in the workplace.
Manual task means a task comprised wholly or partly by any activity requiring a person to perform work that includes the use of force for lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying or otherwise moving, holding or restraining any person, animal or item.
Hazardous manual tasks can include:
- Repetitive or sustained awkward posture;
- Sustained movement or application of force;
- The application of high force (e.g. hitting something with a hammer);
- Exposure to sustained vibration (e.g. using a drill for an extended period);
- Working with people or animals;
- Handling unstable or unbalanced loads; or
- Handling loads which are difficult to grasp or hold.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.