Manual Handling Policy

Bakehouse Studio Manual Handling Policy

6 September 2016



Bakehouse Studio Ltd is committed to the provision of a safe, healthy and productive workplace.  Bakehouse Studio Ltd recognises that hazardous manual tasks increase the risk of injury to workers and clients and will develop a range of procedures to reduce this risk. 


The objectives of our Manual Handling Policy are to:

  • Maintain a safe and healthy work environment
  • Reduce the costs of manual handling injuries both to the organisation and individuals
  • Address any workplace factors which may increase the risk of manual handling injuries
  • Provide access to information on safe work procedures.


Applies to all workers including volunteers and contractors providing services to this organisation.



The Work Health and Safety Act places a general duty of care on the Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) to provide a safe workplace.  Managers must take all reasonable action to protect their workers and other people in the workplace from foreseeable risks to health and safety.  Workers are also required to ensure their own health and safety and the health and safety of others and to cooperate with the PCBU in activities to reduce the risk of injury.

Bakehouse Studio Ltd has implemented a ‘minimal lift’ policy within this organisation.  The implications of this policy are that workers are required to avoid manual handling whenever possible and if not possible to avoid to utilise mechanical assistance whenever possible to undertake hazardous manual tasks.

To meet its obligations under the ‘minimal lift’ policy Bakehouse Studio Ltd will implement a number of actions including:

  • Thorough risk assessments of all identified hazardous manual tasks
  • Provision of suitable lifting equipment for hazardous manual tasks
  • Development of safe work procedures both client specific and generic, to outline how to undertake the hazardous manual tasks safely
  • Training of staff in manual handling principles and how to undertake the safe work procedures
  • Encourage reporting of any manual handling incidents or hazards
  • Investigation of all incidents where warranted.


Managers are responsible for:

  • Developing and monitoring this policy;
  • Ensuring that manual handling risk assessments are completed for all identified hazardous manual tasks in consultation with workers undertaking the activities unless a known control exists
  • Implementing manual handling risk control strategies
  • Developing safe work procedures
  • Ensuring that equipment is available and well maintained
  • Providing adequate information, instruction, training and supervision to workers on the risk of manual handling, safe work procedures developed and the safe use of equipment provided.

Workers are responsible for:

  • Cooperating with the employer in the identification of any manual handling hazards and implementation of manual handling controls
  • Follow safe work procedures
  • Utilise equipment provided for manual handling
  • Attend training as required
  • Reporting any manual handling incidents.