OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 14 Lifting and Handling Loads

Section 210 Assessing manual handling hazards

(1) Before a worker manually lifts, lowers, pushes, pulls, carries, handles or transports a load that could injure the worker, an employer must perform a hazard assessment that considers

(a) the weight of the load,

(b) the size of the load,

(c) the shape of the load,

(d) the number of times the load will be moved, and

(e) the manner in which the load will be moved.

(2) Before a worker performs any manual patient/client/resident handling activities, an employer must perform a hazard assessment that considers the worker’s physical and mental capabilities to perform the work.

(3) If the hazard assessment required by section 7 and subsections (1) and (2) determines that there is a potential for musculoskeletal injury, an employer must ensure that all reasonably practicable measures are used to eliminate or reduce that potential in accordance with section 9.