The disability services sector consists of organisations, their employees and volunteers who provide services to people with a disability. These services include residential support, community based activities, day programs and supported employment. These services assist people with a disability to be more independent at home and in the community.
Between 2004 and 2008, nearly 2000 disability services workers were seriously injured at work in Victoria. Sixty per cent of these injuries were sprains and strains, also known as musculoskeletal injuries*. These injuries are preventable.
Disability services – occupational health and safety kit
This kit provides practical advice about controlling the risks associated with the most common hazardous tasks in disability services.
The kit is made up of:
- a description of the six most common hazardous tasks that cause workplace injuries in the disability services sector*, the roles and responsibilities of service providers and employees under the OHS Act and using the hierarchy of controls method to select the best reasonably practicable control
- six Health and Safety Solutions to outline ways to control the risks associated with these tasks, and a range of other information about occupational health and safety. The solutions cover the following tasks: moving and supporting people with a disability, supporting people with personal hygiene care, assisting people in wheelchairs, handling wheelchairs in and out of vehicles, occupational violence, moving and lifting objects.
* Based on WorkSafe Victoria's injury statistics from 2004 to 2008. These hazardous tasks may not be present in all disability services working environments.