Manual tasks

Most jobs involve carrying out some type of manual task using the body to move or hold an object, people or animals. Manual tasks cover a wide range of activities including stacking shelves, working on a conveyor line and entering data into a computer.

Some manual tasks are hazardous and may cause musculoskeletal disorders. These are the most common workplace injuries across Australia.


See Hazardous Manual Tasks on our Code of Practice page.

Pause exercises poster (pdf, 205.1 KB)

The semi-squat approach to lifting poster (pdf, 174.4 KB)

Manual tasks guide for carers (pdf, 1.6 MB) WorkSafe WA

Implementation and effectiveness of the European directive relating to vibration in the workplace

Workplace vibration data

Vibration calculator