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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.

With reference to the identification and assessment of manual risk, KINNECT typically use three well established and validated risk analysis tools the Manual Task Risk Assessment tool (ManTRA), the Hazard Analysis Tool or Snook Tables, and the University of Michigan’s 3D Static Strength Prediction Program (3DSSPP).

When considering the implementation of control measures, KINNECT provides a pro-active initiative of reducing/eliminating hazards through strategies / action plans that either address behavioural concerns through behavioural counselling / on the job coaching where needed for human factors or through engineering changes to workplace itself.  At a corporate level, recommendations ranging from cultural change and policy implementation to provision or promotion of group and individual intervention programs may be used to minimise the risk.

As a standard KINNECT review the effectiveness of control measures following implementation.  This review is again performed through the use of the risk assessment tools stated above, in addition to conversations with workers involved in the delivery of the task and if required a review of an organisations injury data following a pre-determined period of time (e.g. quarterly or yearly).

KINNECT have worked with many industries and companies to help manage and assess hazardous manual tasks.

Local Government Councils

  • Roads Labourer – Asphalting
  • Local Law Enforcement Officer – Handling Stray Animals
  • Labourer – Screeding
  • Administration – Use of Compactor


  • Operator – Manual Handling of Supplies
  • Maintenance – Accessing Confined Spaces

Emergency Services

  • Call Centre Officer – Prolonged Sitting

Energy & Resources

  • Maintenance – Changing Conveyor Belt
  • Compliance Testing Officer – Manual Handling Test Boxes
  • Cleaner – Manual Handling of Cleaning Equipment

Logistics & Warehousing

  • Driver – Loading / Unloading Truck
  • Picker – Picking Large Boxes

There are many short term and long term benefits for an employer and their employees in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and across Australia by conducting a Manual Task Risk Assessment.

Benefits for the Employer:

  • Ensures you are meeting your obligations under the WHS Regulations on Hazardous Manual Tasks
  • Reduced risk of employees sustaining a musculoskeletal injury as a consequence of performing the Hazardous Manual Tasks
  • Improved workplace health and safety culture

Benefits for the Employee/s:

  • Reduced risk of employees sustaining a musculoskeletal injury as a consequence of performing the Hazardous Manual Tasks
  • Improved workplace health and safety culture
  • Education on safe work methods

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