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Manual handling involves: repetitive or sustained application of force, awkward postures or movements, tasks that are difficult due to the degree of force applied (high force), exposure to sustained vibration, handling of live people or animals, using unstable loads that are difficult to grasp or hold. Manual handling is a common cause of injury in the workplace, and can lead to injuries or disorders of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage and spinal discs.

October 1, 2016 - Tips for improving the review and revision of risk controls for manual handling after an incident.

July 1, 2007 - Guidelines for dealing with risks of manual handling in the workplace under the OHS regulations 2007.

December 9, 2005 - Guidance on OHS hazards and practical solutions to reduce manual handling injury risks faced by sawmilling and timber workers.

November 19, 2006 - Common problems, solutions and training tips for manual handling in poultry processing.

June 29, 2000 - Guidelines for the prevention, identification, assessment and control of risks arising from manual handling activities in the workplace.

March 16, 2005 - Practical guidance for workers and managers on how best to carry out manual handling tasks in the safest manner and to best practice standards.

June 3, 2016 - This guide provides information about how to take a supply chain management approach to control risks associated with manually handling goods.

February 29, 2016 - This guide provides information about how to take a supply chain management approach to control risks associated with manually handling goods.

September 19, 2009 - Details on the suitability of job rotation as a control measure for manual handling risks for employers, health and safety representatives and workers.

July 14, 2015 - A guide on preventing injury from packing and unpacking shipping containers and enclosed trailers.