DRAFT PRO FORMA
For Development of Your Health Service’s Own Policy
(Insert Health Service Name Here)
Lifting & Manual Handling Policy
1. No .........HS staff member is to pick up or carry items that may be too
heavy for him or her, with a maximum lifting weight of 20 kg for any
individual. Heavier items may only be lifted with assistance.
2. Proper lifting techniques (i.e. straight back, lifting from the knees) are to
be employed at all times.
3. Trolleys are to be used for carrying heavy or awkward objects whenever
4. The weight of objects to be lifted or carried should be reduced.
5. Staff do not attempt to lift a patient without assistance. If a patient
collapses while helping them guide them to the floor without bearing
6. Staff should avoid activities that include:
Twisting, bending and excessive reaching.
Repetitive lifts from below mid thigh or using forceful movements.
Using excessive force to push, pull or hold an object.
Identification of Risks
7. When/where a risk has been identified steps will be take immediately to
rectify/improve the situation through:
Modification of work practices/workplace and/or equipment.
Education and training in manual handling techniques.
8. The National Standards for Manual Handling and the National
Code of Practice for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders from
Performing Manual Tasks at Work (2007) were declared by the
Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) on 22 August
2007. NT Worksafe Information on Manual Handling