What is Manual Handling?

Manual Handling can be generally defied as ‘any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or by bodily force’.

Any activity that requires an individual to lift, move or support a load, will be classified as a manual handling task.

Hazardous Manual Handling Tasks

  • Repetitive or sustained awkward postures, force or movement
  • High or sudden force
  • Exposure to sustained vibration
  • Unstable, unbalanced or difficult loads
  • Handling of live people or animals

The effect of hazardous manual handling on your business

Work related injuries cost the Australian economy approximately $61 billion each year, with workers and employers bearing a combined 82% of this cost. Over 30% of this total can be attributed to injuries causes by body stressing and manual handling cases. With musculoskeletal injuries at epidemic proportions, Effective Safety recognise the need to reinvigorate the way that manual handling training and education is delivered in workplaces. Our Human Factors experts have a comprehensive understanding of the musculoskeletal risks associated with manual handling.

Risk Based Education

The Effective Safety training programs include both formal theory and practical hands on components which will address the following objectives:

  • To educate employees in the principles of risk identification and assessment in relation to manual handling tasks.
  • To ensure employees understand the importance of correct manual handling principles.
  • To educate employees in understanding the basic anatomy of their bodies and the importance of workplace stretching and injury prevention exercises.
  • To ensure employees are aware of each job task and their application to the work environment.
  • To ensure employees are aware of correct working postures so they are able to work comfortably, safely and efficiently.