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Musculoskeletal hazards: Why ticking the box gets a red cross

Gabrielle Lis

Assessing risk isn't about ticks and crosses in a box. So why do Australian workplaces tend to rely on manual handling checklists?

In most Australian workplaces, musculoskeletal hazards are identified via a checklist from one of the Manual Handling Codes. This is an effective way to identify some physical factors that contribute to musculoskeletal problems. Dynamic load and whole body posture, for example, are two factors that the checklist approach often highlights. However, if musculoskeletal risk is to be managed effectively, employers need to be aware that: ...

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