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Hazardous manual tasks resources

Find hazardous manual tasks resources, including videos, case studies, presentations and handbooks aimed at reducing musculoskeletal disorders and injuries in the workplace.

Identifying and assessing hazardous manual tasks

To help protect workers and reduce the risks of injury, employers should identify what manual tasks may potentially be hazardous.

Lifting technique training: Is it effective?

Information about why lifting technique training is not effective, and what workers should be doing instead.

Managing hazardous manual tasks

Check how to identify and manage hazardous manual tasks to improve the safety in your workplace.


ManTRA is a manual tasks risk assessment tool that was developed by the University of Queensland, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and the Curtin University of Technology.

Musculoskeletal disorders FAQs

Find out the answers to frequently asked questions relation to musculoskeletal disorders and issues.

Office workstations

Find tips on how to make your computer workstation more comfortable, improve your set up, and reduce stress and potential injury.

Participative Ergonomics for Manual Tasks - PErforM

PErforM is a simple manual task risk management program based on participative ergonomics, and aims to reduce the amount of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.

People handling

People handling relates to workplace activities in which a person is physically moved, supported or restrained. It requires someone to use force in order to lift, lower, slide, push or pull another person.

What laws apply?

Find out about the workplace health and safety requirements for hazardous manual tasks, including your obligations under the law, and what legislation and codes of practice apply.

Workplace hazards - industry guidance

Manual tasks are carried out in a variety of workplaces and industries. Hazards vary according to the specific industry sector.

Last updated
14 August 2017

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