Hazardous Manual Tasks


Hazardous manual tasks are the most common cause of workplace injuries in Australia. Those who work in healthcare are regularly asked to perform manual tasks as part of their routine practice.

This module is designed for everyone working in Aboriginal health services. The purpose of this module is to provide an overview of hazardous manual tasks and assist all those employed at the AMS to identify, assess and control the risks associated with performing these tasks. It is suitable for everyone working in a healthcare setting.

In 2016, Safe Work Australia published their new Code of Practice, replacing the former ‘Manual Handling’ Code of Practice with the new ‘Hazardous Manual Tasks’ Code of Practice. This module incorporates all of the changes made that may have an impact on those working in healthcare and performing hazardous manual tasks.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Define musculoskeletal disorders and hazardous manual tasks.
  • Understand the characteristics of hazardous manual tasks.
  • Identify tasks that may be considered high risk for musculoskeletal injury.
  • Assess the risks associated with hazardous manual tasks.
  • Explain how to control the risk and prevent an injury associated with hazardous manual tasks.

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