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Safe work method statement - General issues - Hazardous manual tasks

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Manual handling

Manual handling tasks are those activities requiring the use of force exerted by a person lift, lower, push, pull, hold or restrain an object, item or load.


Tasks associated with the housekeeping of a workplace include:

  • Ensuring a safe and clear means of access and egress, free of obstructions;
  • Manual handling associated with the handling and storage of materials and plant;
  • Team handling where mechanical aids are not practical;
  • Use of mechanical aids to move loads;
  • Storage of materials, objects and items;
  • Conduct a hazard identification of the task to be undertaken;
  • Assess risk to persons undertaking manual handling tasks at a workplace.

Safety procedure includes

Hazardous manual tasks safe work method statement

Hazardous manual tasks safe work method statement is a 12 page document compliant with statute OHS reporting requirements. It identifies known hazards and risks, and outlines the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, injury or illness generated as a result of undertaking a manual handling task.

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Control measures

Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death or injury to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.

  • Consultation with employees.
  • Generation of hazards.
  • Controls to implement when assessing a load to be lifted.
  • Failure to maintain housekeeping of a workplace.
  • Training in the control measures for the manual handling of a load.
  • Workplace hazards not having controls to manage health and safety issues.
  • Personal protective equipment requirements.
  • Training requirements.
  • Housekeeping requirements.
  • Failure to monitor controls.
  • Risk matrix and descriptors.
  • Additional hazards, risks and controls.
  • Approval and change management form.
  • Sign-off for housekeeping.

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