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 code of practice.

Pause exercises poster (pdf, 205.1 KB)

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

Manual tasks resources for the health care and social assistance WorkSafe WA (including a guide for carers)

Workplace vibration data Umea University Sweden

Vibration calculator Health and Safety Executive UK