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Manual Handling Safe Work Method Statement



This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) focuses on the critical work activity of Manual Handling. It is designed to help businesses in effectively and safely managing manual handling tasks by documenting the typical hazards and safety controls necessary to minimise these risks. Ideal for any industry engaged in manual labour or those that require significant physical handling tasks, this template allows for easy customisation to include specific business details and integration into existing WHS systems.


Hazards & Control Measures Covered:

  • Physical Strain and Overexertion: Includes risks like muscle strains, back injuries, and fatigue. Control measures include using mechanical aids, proper lifting techniques, and ensuring that tasks are shared among workers.
  • Falls and Slips: Risks occurring from carrying heavy loads that might obstruct vision or balance. Measures include keeping pathways clear and ensuring footwear is appropriate for the working environment.
  • Equipment-Related Hazards: Involves incorrect use or failure of lifting equipment. Controls include regular maintenance checks and training for workers on proper equipment use.
  • Environmental Hazards: Pertains to working conditions that may lead to accidents, such as cluttered workspaces or uneven flooring. Measures to manage these risks include regular inspections and environmental adjustments to ensure safety.


Additional Resources:

Each SWMS comes with a free copy of our Legislation & Codes of Practice Reference List.


Key Features:

This Manual Handling SWMS template provides a robust framework for documenting risk assessments and typical control measures. It is easy to use, with fully editable sections that can be quickly adapted to meet the specific requirements of different workplaces, making it a practical tool for managing health and safety in manual handling operations.

Manual Handling SWMS

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  • Instant delivery via email.
  • Easily add your logo and business details.
  • Fully Editable (Microsoft Word Format).
  • Customisation instructions provided.
  • In line with Australian legislation.
  • Pay once, no ongoing subscriptions.

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