Write an assignment about Risk Management


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Maintaining a safe and compliant work environment

1. Using the Manual Handling Risk Identification Checklist (template attached), assess a manual handling task at your workplace. Write a report to present your recommendations on solutions for risk factors identified.


2. Access a hazard ID audit report of your workplace, or download one from your state or territory work safety authority. Identify two (2) hazards in your workplace (other than manual handling addressed in Question 1 above) such as damaged power points, trip hazards etc., and for each:


  • Use a risk assessment process to determine the level of risk arising from each hazard (for examples refer to the WHS, risk and compliance module, your state WHS statutory body, or a process from your own organisation). Evaluate and prioritise the risk by determining its likelihood, impact or consequence. Please ensure that you also note which process you used.


  • Recommend the controls that should be implemented to reduce or eliminate the level of risk. Ensure you refer to the hierarchy of controls when recommending ways to reduce the level of risk.


  • Lastly, assume the controls have been implemented, and repeat the risk assessment process for each hazard to demonstrate that the level of risk has been reduced or eliminated.


3. Complete an incident report for a real (or hypothetical) work injury or incident at your workplace, demonstrating that you can accurately complete incident records.


4. This task requires you to reflect on the overall management of risk, compliance and WHS in your practice and how this management has (or has not) enabled application of continuous quality improvement and development of a positive compliance culture. Use the following points to write your response:

  • Identify a risk, compliance or WHS strategy and action plan you have previously implemented in the practice.


  • Reflect and comment on how this strategy and action plan enabled (or hindered) quality improvement in the practice.


  • Reflect and comment on how this strategy and action plan contributed (or did not contribute) to a positive compliance culture in the practice.


  • Considering your responses to (b) and (c), provide at least two (2) recommendations which would enhance the overall management of risk, compliance and WHS in your practice.


Question Yes No Comment

1.Actions and movements

a)Do actions cause undue discomfort or pain? Yes No


b)Is the posture uncomfortable when the task is performed?Yes No


c)Are sudden or jerky movements used? (i.e. uncontrolled, or not performed smoothly)Yes No


d)Are there repetitive over-reaching movements? Yes No


e)Is the load unevenly shared between both hands? Yes No


f)Is the load lifted by one hand only? Yes No


g)Is the object pushed or pulled across the front of the body? Yes No


h)Is there a need to bend over to one side to lift an object or to exert a force? Yes No


i)While holding an unsupported fixed position,is another action performed? Yes No


j)Is there a need to move a joint to the extremes of its range? Yes No


k)Are these joint movements prolonged or repetitive? Yes No


2.Workplace and work area layout

a)Does the layout prevent an upright &  forward-facing posture? Yes No


b)Is the task obscured in any way from the employee? Yes No


c)Is the employee unable to perform the majority of tasks between knuckle and shoulder height? Yes No


d)Are the tasks out of comfortable reach? Yes No


e)Is there limited space for movements involved in the manual handling task? Yes No


f)Are manual handling activities performed without mechanical aids? Yes No


g)Are working heights inappropriate to the size of the employee/s and the task performed? Yes No


h)Is there inadequate clear space for moving legs & feet? Yes No

3.Working posture and position

a)Is one posture required to be maintained for long periods without variation of activity or rest? Yes No


b)Is the task performed in a position which makes it difficult to reach, grasp or handle? Yes No


c)During manual handling is there frequent or prolonged, or repetitive:

i) above shoulder reach? Yes No

ii) forward bending of the back? Yes No

iii) twisting of the back? Yes No

iv) sideways bending of the back? Yes No

4.Duration and frequency

a)Are any of the following performed frequently or for prolonged periods:

i) pushing loads? Yes No

ii) pulling loads? Yes No

iii) carrying and holding loads? Yes No


b)Can the task become monotonous/boring which may reduce alertness? Yes No


c)Does the task require prolonged periods of effort resulting in fatigue? Yes No

5.Location of loads and distances moved

a)Is the load to be carried up or down stairs? Yes No


b)Whether sitting or standing, is the load:

i) located above the employee’s shoulder? Yes No

ii) below mid-thigh height? Yes No

iii) requiring extended reach? Yes No

6.Weights and forces

a)Is the load lifted, lowered, carried, held or moved at a distance from the body? Yes No


b)Is the maximum weight of the load lifted, lowered, carried, held or moved:

i) above 16-20kg? Yes No

ii) above 55kg? Yes No


c)Is the weight of the object more than 4.5kg (as a guide) and handled from a seated position?Yes No


d)Is a large amount of force required to do any of the following:

i) pushing? Yes No

ii) pulling? Yes No

iii) lifting? Yes No

iv) lowering? Yes No

v) carrying? Yes No


e)When sliding, pulling or pushing,is the object difficult to move? Yes No


f)Is the employee required to exert a large force while seated? Yes No


g)Is the employee required to push/pull  while seated without having good seating and stable foot support? Yes No


7. Characteristics of loads and equipment

a)Is the load:

i) likely to shift? Yes No

ii) slippery, greasy, too smooth or too wet? Yes No

iii) difficult to grip? Yes No

iv) awkward to handle? Yes No

v) unbalanced? Yes No

vi) difficult because of sharp edges or protrusions? Yes No


b)Is the load a person or animal requiring special handling? Yes No


c)Is the object very hot or very cold? Yes No


d)Does the object block the view of the employee  when handled? Yes No


e)Does one person handle sheet material or  other large-sized loads without straps, special holders or second person to assist? Yes No


f)Is the object more than 50cm wide (measured in direction across the body)? Yes No


g)Is the object more than 30cm long (measured away from body)? Yes No


h)Are any two of the dimensions of the object more than 75cm when added together? Yes No


8.Work organisation

a)Is the work frequency affected by bottle-necks or  sudden changes or delays to the flow of materials?Yes No


b)Is the work affected by the unavailability of  people to complete tasks within a deadline, or at peak work loads?

Yes No

c)Is an individual required to handle more than  20kg without mechanical aids or team lifting? Yes No


d)Are any loads over 55kg handled without  mechanical aids?Yes No


e)Should team lifting be a requirement for this job? Yes No


f. There is no effective maintenance program for tools, plant and equipment used for manual handling? Yes No


g)There is no planned recovery time when requiring manual handling to be performed? Yes No


h)There are no adequate procedures for reporting and fixing unsafe equipment or environmental conditions? Yes No


i)For loads, equipment & mechanical handling devices are there deficient:

i) selection processes? Yes No


ii) purchasing specifications? Yes No


iii) record keeping related to health and safety? Yes No


iv) instruction in safe use? Yes No


9.Work environment

a)Is inadequate footwear worn for the task? Yes No


b)Does rain or water affect the manual  handling task? Yes No


c)Are the floors/surfaces underfoot uneven or slippery? Yes No


d)Are there different floor levels in the route? Yes No


e)Is the workplace untidy? Yes No


f)Are there extremes of heat, cold, wind  or humidity? Yes No


g)Are there high levels of fumes, dusts, gases,  vapours? Yes No


h)Is there excessive vibration? Yes No


i)Is lighting inadequate for the task? Yes No

j)Is the task performed in a confined space? Yes No


k)For seated work:

i) does the seat or chair need to be more  comfortable? Yes No

ii) does the height of the chair contribute to discomfort while working  Yes No

iii) does lumbar support need to be improved? Yes No

iv) does there need to be more leg room? Yes No


l)For prolonged standing work, does a footrest need to be provided? Yes No


10.Skills and experience

a)Is the task associated with the following:

i) complaints? Yes No

ii) dislike? Yes No

iii) pain? Yes No

iv) injury? Yes No


b)Is there a need for more employee training to recognise risks, and to know how to deal with them? Yes No


c. Is there a need for improved induction training? Yes No


d)Is the employee inexperienced in heavy manual handling tasks if required for the job?Yes No


11.Personal characteristics of employee

a)Are the demands of the job matched to the physical characteristics of the employee?Yes No

b) a worker under 18 years doing the manual handling tasks?Yes No

c)Is a worker under 18 years manually handling loads over 16 – 20kg?Yes No

d)Are at risk groups (e.g. smaller or older workers) performing manual handling tasks?Yes No



a)Will the requirement to wear gloves or personal protective equipment significantly increase the risk of injury due to reduced grip stability, dexterity and strength of grip? Yes No

b)Does clothing design work against safe manual handling, such as being too tight across the back? Yes No


13. Permanent or temporary special needs

a. Does the employee have temporary special needs, e.g. pregnancy, returning from illness or extended leave? Yes No

b)Does the employee have any permanent special needs not addressed elsewhere? Yes No


14.Any other relevant factors not previously mentioned?

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