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This section places obligations on all managers.
"Manual handling" means using your body to exert force to handle, support or restrain any object, and includes not only lifting and carrying but also repetitive tasks. A manual handling task that has the potential to cause injury is a "hazardous manual handling task". Further information is provided by WorkSafe and the Manual handling section of the OHS website.
Help to protect yourself from injury by (discuss with your manager as necessary):
A manager must:
Remember to report an injury as soon as possible. For details refer to Injuries and incidents – reporting and following up.
Victorian legislation requires that all tasks in the workplace involving hazardous manual handling are identified and the risk of injury assessed. Not all manual handling tasks are hazardous. Hazard identification is the way you can of sift through tasks to find out which ones have the potential to cause injury.
Potentially hazardous manual handling involves any of the following:
Priority in identification and assessment should be given to routine tasks, tasks carried out by a number of people and tasks that staff have concerns about.
If the task is identified as potentially hazardous, a manual handling assessment must be carried out.
Manual Handling Injuries
The above is essentially a preventative approach where you try to identify problems before they occur. However if someone incurs an injury in manual handling or raises concerns about the activity, a manual handling assessment must be carried out by the supervisor or manager.
Manual Handling Risk Assessment
If the assessment indicates that there is a reasonable likelihood of injury, suitable control or prevention measures must be introduced to reduce the risk as much as practicable. If the hazardous manual handling task cannot be eliminated, standard controls measures include:
In reality, controls are usually a combination of these measures.
Where ever possible, the assessment of manual handling risks and the implementation of control measures must be carried out in consultation with OHS representatives and the staff affected.
An element of your Faculty's or Division's OHS Plan must cover manual handling.