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Manual tasks

Information on manual tasks in the workplace

Manual tasks refers to any activity or sequence of activities that requires a person to use their physical
body (musculoskeletal system) to perform work including:

  • manual handling (the use of force in lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying or otherwise moving, holding or restraining any person, animal or thing); 
  • performing repetitive actions; 
  • adopting awkward or sustained postures; and 
  • using plant, tools or equipment that exposes workers to vibration.

Those manual tasks that have the potential to cause injury or disease are referred to in this code of
practice as hazardous manual tasks.

Frequently asked questions

More frequently asked questions about manual handling can be found here.

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