A manual task risk assessment is an assessment that is used to:
- Identify manual tasks that are hazardous
- Assess the risks of musculoskeletal disorders associated with the hazardous manual task
- Develop of suitable risk control measures
- Review the effectiveness of existing control measures.
Risk identification is a fundamental process within occupational health and safety. Managing the risks associated with manual tasks first requires identifying potentially hazardous manual tasks. Without the identification of risk within the workplace, controls cannot be developed and implemented to reduce or better yet, eliminate the risk. Risk assessment requires both risk analysis and risk evaluation i.e. comparing the results of risk analysis with risk criteria to determine acceptability. This assessment must consider the direct risk factors of exertion, postures, and movements required to perform the task, and the duration of exposure; as well as other environmental characteristics.
As specialists within the occupational health industry, KINNECT have extensive knowledge and experience in the identification of risks associated with onsite hazardous manual tasks. Furthermore, having a solid foundation in risk management processes and a detailed understanding of the Hierarchy of Control, KINNECT can provide comprehensive reporting on the consequence and severity of the identified risk as well as necessary controls available for the management of this hazard.
KINNECT’s Manual Task Assessments follow the Manual Tasks Code of Practice four stages of Risk Management Process i.e. identification of the manual task, assessment of the manual task, the implementation of control measures and the review of those controls to determine the effectiveness in reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injury.