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Ergonomics and Manual Handling

The University is committed to minimising the risk of injury or harm on the body associated with ergonomic and manual handling hazards. As technologies change it is essential to ensure that the tools we access for work, rest and play are designed for our body’s requirements. Ergonomics and manual handling are applicable for all areas of work including laboratories, offices and workshops.

Managers and Supervisors are responsible for the following:

  • In consultation with their workers, to identify, assess and control risks arising from manual tasks in the workplace.
  • Are responsible for keeping original copies of consultant’s reports and internal risk assessment reports as well and maintaining details of risk control measures and design modifications to plant and equipment.
  • Ensure adequate equipment is provided for tasks to be undertaken.
  • Ensure adequate information, instruction or training is provided in the use of equipment and work practices.
  • Ensure ergonomic and manual handling hazards are identified and resolved.
  • Encourage and reinforce correct working practices.
  • Encourage early reporting of injuries and issues.
  • Investigate incidents that may have resulted from an ergonomic or manual handling hazard.

Workers are responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring they understand information, instructions and training provided to them.
  • Uphold instructions given to them in regards to equipment and working techniques.
  • Report incidents or hazards as soon as possible.

Safety and Employment Relations (SER) Team

The SER team are responsible for:

  • Ergonomic and manual handling guidance and assistance.
  • Information on how to seek further assistance on ergonomic and manual handling issues.
  • Guidance on the incident reporting and investigation process.
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