Ergonomics office and Ergonomics manual handling

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Ergonomics office and Ergonomics manual handling



When working in an office, it’s easy to assume you are exempt from the considerable dangers present in work environments such as construction sites or warehouses. Don’t be fooled however – by doing simple tasks such as typing at a desk or lifting files onto a shelf, you are putting your physical health at risk if these tasks are not undertaken with the correct Ergonomic and manual handling principles.

So, what’s the big deal and why should you do this course? Well, The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated in 2007 that one third of all reported occupational injuries were sprains or strains of joints and adjacent muscles, resulting from manual handling or poor Ergonomic work practices. This is encountered in many areas of the office environment and such injuries can be disabling and costly.

This is training package on Ergonomics and Manual Handling. It was design in according to the ergonomics and manual handling management, knowledge and prevention of ergonomic effect from daily working activities and manual handling. Ergonomic is a science dealing with the application of information on human physical and psychological characteristics to the design of the work handling environment. Most of all employees exposed to ergonomic and manual handling risk required to be trained in order to minimize the possibility of them to get ergonomics effect. Knowledge & skill on the right method of handling things such as machineries, computers, lifting, setting and prolong standing is very important in order to produce high performance and efficiency on output or production with minimum effect of human ergonomics effect.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:


Understand the ergonomic management and the effect of improper handling of work,

Understand the spatial relationships between the equipment and worker’s movement in the area.

Able to identify the method used for manipulating, securing and otherwise using hand tools, including the force required for gripping or actuating the tools.

Understand the means of repetitive trauma or repetitive multiple trauma disorder, carpal tunnel syndrome, white finger and muscular diskette disorder.


Learning Outcomes:

Topics Covered:

  • Ergonomic hazards in the workplace
  • What is manual handling?
  • The risks and consequences of manual handling
  • Legal requirements and responsibilities
  • Assessing manual handling tasks and minimizing risk
  • Proper lifting technique



Workplace ergonomics is workplace design using science where physical limitation of employees is taken into consideration. A poor workplace ergonomics design will cause employees feels more tired, frustrated and causing them physical injuries in long term.



Not many employers or employees realize the benefits of having a good ergonomics in their workplace. Practicing good office ergonomics will not only reduce injuries, but will improve the performance and provide a better working experience for employees.



It is proven that a good workplace ergonomic & manual handling improves the employee’s productivity. A very well-designed workplace ergonomic solutions will focus on the good postures when executing a task, using lesser motions but achieve better results, procedures that have better heights and reaches – these factors will contribute to having an effective workstation hence higher productivity.



When workplace ergonomics are implemented well in the office, the organization will be able to reduce the cost of treatment and injuries. On top of that, hefty compensation cost such as indirect injury treatment will be avoidable as well. These often happens a lot especially in factories and industrial workplace, therefore having industrial ergonomics training is an importance for an organization as it is an opportunity for significant cost saving – which can be used for the benefits of the organization.

Precautions for staff:

Help to protect yourself from injury by (discuss with your manager as necessary):


if you do more than two hours of keyboard work a day, taking a 10-minute break from such work after each hour

if you do keyboard work for more than one hour a day, making sure you have ergonomic furniture

if you use a laptop computer, obtaining and using a separate keyboard and mouse

not routinely lifting from a standing position thing which weigh more than 10 kilograms unless a manual handling assessment of the task has been carried out

not routinely lifting from a sitting position thing which weigh more than 2 kilograms unless a manual handling assessment of the task has been carried out.

If you spend a few minutes making adjustments to your working posture and set-up, it reduces the risk of back and neck pain as well as more serious conditions.


What a manager must do:

A manager must:


review the Manual Handling guidelines

identify any hazardous manual handling tasks by using either the Manual Handling Risk Assessment for general manual handling or the Computer Workstation Risk Assessment for computer-based work. using the checklist, assess the risks associated with any task identified

eliminate the task if reasonably possible

otherwise change something to reduce the risk (e.g. substitute a lighter load, divide the load, two people to do the task instead of one, provide a trolley)

consult with staff about risk management

when considering acquisition of plant, evaluate any manual handling risks first and take them into account in the acquisition decision.


Victorian legislation requires that all tasks in the workplace involving hazardous manual handling are identified and the risk of injury assessed. Not all manual handling tasks are hazardous. Hazard identification is the way you can of sift through tasks to find out which ones have the potential to cause injury.


Potentially hazardous manual handling involves any of the following:


repetitive or sustained application of force (e.g. pushing or pulling a heavily loaded trolley)

repetitive or sustained awkward posture (e.g. carrying out work in a constrained space)

repetitive or sustained movement (e.g. keyboard work)

application of high force (lifting or moving heavy loads)

Priority in identification and assessment should be given to routine tasks, tasks carried out by a number of people and tasks that staff have concerns about.


If the task is identified as potentially hazardous, a manual handling assessment must be carried out.


Manual handling injuries


The above is essentially a preventative approach where you try to identify problems before they occur. However, if someone incurs an injury in manual handling or raises concerns about the activity, a manual handling assessment must be carried out by the supervisor or manager.



Hazardous manual handling:

Manual handling risk assessment


If the assessment indicates that there is a reasonable likelihood of injury, suitable control or prevention measures must be introduced to reduce the risk as much as practicable. If the hazardous manual handling task cannot be eliminated, standard controls measures include:


Redesigning the task, load or workstation

Providing mechanical assistance or aids

Providing safe working procedures

Providing training


Ergonomics and computer work:

conduct a workstation-self assessment or book in for a comprehensive ergonomic assessment.


Laptops and tablets


Although laptops and tablets allow much more flexible computer use they are not designed for prolonged use. If you are using a laptop for more than 30 minutes consider the use of a separate keyboard and mouse. The laptop itself can be used as a monitor. For regular use, docking stations with separate mouse, keyboard and monitor are the recommended arrangement.


Sit Stand Workstations


Sit stand workstations are one way to reduce the amount of time we spend sitting while at work. Prior to the purchase of a sit stand workstation a risk assessment should be undertaken by the local area supervisor to ensure the new equipment does not introduce any new OHS issues to the workplace. Issues to consider include who will use the workstation, is there a privacy issue for those who are seated, are computer points readily available, will all electronic devices be stable when moving the desk up or down and are any crush points created due to other structures above or below the desk. Consider any other specific hazards in the area. Once the risk assessment is completed and hazards controlled, an order is be placed via Facilities Services for the new equipment. Facilities Services Division’s Loose Furniture Procedure provides advice for those responsible for the selection, purchase and financial approval of new equipment from a panel of preferred suppliers.


Office safety:


Virtual Office is a risk management tool to help you identify hazards and control risks in an office environment.




Factory / Production / Purchasing Managers, Executives and Workers

Management / Human Resources Managers, Executives and Workers

Engineers and Technicians

Safety and Health Officers

Safety and Health Committee / Leaders

Supervisors or Union Representatives

All other worker involving in daily manual handling task

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