Manual Tasks Audit
Advantage Injury Management Services is able to provide a proactive manual tasks audit of your workplace to assist with risk identification, injury prevention and injury management. A manual tasks audit is sometimes also know as a risk assessment or a musculoskeletal risk assessment. A manual tasks audit is a comprehensive assessment of the physical demands of all work tasks. Please note that this is not an occupational health and safety audit, and nor should it be used in place of a full OH&S assessment.
A manual tasks audit explores the following:
- Thorough task analysis of each work area and work role.
- Assessment of posture and manual handling.
- Assessment of repetition and duration of tasks.
- Assessment of force, lifting and carrying.
- Assessment of rest breaks and task rotation.
- Identification of risks associated with equipment, environment, organizational factors and individuals factors.
- Prioritisation of high, medium and low risk tasks.
What does a manual tasks audit involve?
- Our occupational therapist or physiotherapist will attend your workplace to complete a thorough task analysis and assessment of the workplace tasks. The amount of time required to complete such an assessment will vary, depending on the number of work roles, and the physical requirements of each task. Advantage Injury Management Services will be able to provide you an estimate of time required prior to commencement of the assessment.
- The assessment will require Advantage Injury Management Services to have access to past and current workplace injuries. Our occupational therapists and physiotherapists will also liaise with managers and employees regarding work practices, procedures and areas of concern.
- Advantage Injury Management Services will assess and prioritise the risks, and compare identified risks with recent injury experience.
- Following completion of the assessment, you will be provided with a comprehensive report outlining all physical demands, risks and solutions for the short and long term prevention of injuries in the workplace. Our recommendations are in line with all relevant OH&S legislation and advisory documents.
What are the benefits of a manual tasks audit?
There are a number of essential benefits of a manual tasks audit:
- Early identification of musculoskeletal risks can save your company money by avoiding potential hazards and injuries.
- Reassure you that employees are complying with policies and procedures regarding safe manual handling, PPE and equipment use.
- Ensure that your company remains up to date with Australian and Industry standards for manual tasks.
- Assist in identifying the need for job specific training, manual handling training or provision of a comprehensive ergonomic assessment.
When to request a manual tasks audit?
We recommend completing a manual tasks audit every 1-2 years. Even after comprehensive risk identification and resolution is achieved, it is important to remain vigilant regarding the risk of injury due to factors such as:
- Staff turn over.
- New work practices.
- The introduction of new equipment.
- Human error – such forgetting policies and procedures or using equipment incorrectly.
Regular manual tasks audits will ensure that your employees and company remains injury free in the short and long term.