Legislation

In the harmonised jurisdictions, hazardous manual tasks (or manual handling) are specifically covered by Part 4.2 – Hazardous Manual Tasks – of the model Work Health and Safety Regulations. Victoria and Western Australia have different legislative provisions, but the requirement for assessment and control of the risk of musculoskeletal injuries is a shared one.

In those jurisdictions with harmonised work health and safety legislation, requirements for hazardous manual tasks (or manual handling) are specifically covered by Part 4.2 – Hazardous Manual Tasks – of the Work Health and Safety Regulations

Regulation 60 states a PCBU must manage risks to health and safety relating to a musculoskeletal disorder associated with a hazardous manual task. The PCBU must decide what control measures to implement, and in doing so, must ‘take into account all relevant matters that may contribute to a musculoskeletal disorder, including:

  • postures, movements, forces and vibration relating to the hazardous manual task; and
  • the duration and frequency of the hazardous manual task; and
  • workplace environmental conditions that may affect the hazardous manual task or the worker performing it; and
  • the design of the work area; and
  • the layout of the workplace; and
  • the systems of work used; and
  • the nature, size, weight or number of persons, animals or things involved in carrying out the hazardous manual task.’

Victoria and Western Australia have different legislative provisions (see the table below), but the requirement for assessment and control of the risk of musculoskeletal injuries is a shared one.

 
Jurisdiction Regulations Code of Practice
Harmonised jurisdictions (NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, ACT, NT, Cth) Model Work Health and Safety Regulations, reg 60   Hazardous Manual Tasks Code of Practice
Victoria Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017, Part 3.1 Compliance with the Manual Handling (Code of Practice No 25, 2000) does not indicate compliance with a duty under the Victorian OHS legislation. The Code gives guidance only.
Western Australia Occupational Health and Safety regulations 1996, Reg 3.4 Code of Practice – Manual Tasks 2010

[Last updated 2 May 2018]

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