Manual handling in the food manufacturing industry: A guide for employers (PDF version)

Understand how to prevent injuries from hazardous manual handling in the food industry.


What it contains

Many employees suffer unnecessary injuries after being exposed to hazardous manual handling in the food industry. This guide outlines common manual handling tasks and practical solutions to help employees complete tasks safely.

Topics covered in the guide include:

  • how to use risk controls to eliminate or reduce injury risks
  • how to safely handle bags of ingredients, 205-litre drums, tubs or containers of product, liquid ingredients and stitching sacks or bags
  • how to safely pipe products, lift process vessel lids, weigh products, palletise products, stretch wrap and transfer products to pallets, open and close heavy doors, use trolleys and load waste