Many jobs involve carrying out some type of manual task using the body to move or hold objects, people, or animals. Manual tasks cover a wide range of activities including stacking shelves, repetitive work at a computer and working with laboratory equipment.
Some manual tasks are hazardous, where the task requires a person to lift, lower, push, pull carry or otherwise move, hold, or restrain any person, animal or thing, involving one or more of the following:
Poor workstation setups may also result in a hazardous manual task. Refer to Workstations for further information and assistance.
To manage the risks associated with manual tasks, UNSW requires that: