Safety (Risk Assessments, WH&S and Manual Handling)

Manual Handling includes a wide range of activities including lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, throwing and carrying. Repetitive tasks are also considered to be manual handling. All manual handling activity is classified as HAZARDOUS.

A hazardous manual task as defined in the WHS regulations means a task that requires a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move, hold or restrain any person, animal or thing involving one ore more of the following:

  • repetitive or sustained force
  • high or sudden force
  • repetitive movement
  • sustained or awkward posture
  • exposure to vibration

The  National Code of Practice HAZARDOUS MANUAL TASKS ( outlines ways to identify and manage the risk of injury during manual handling activities. While a manual handling task can be any physical activity requiring a person to use part of their body to perform their work, the code of practice focuses on identifying and managing hazardous manual tasks which have a greater likelihood of causing an injury.

Each States WH&S Regulations require the employer to identify any hazardous manual handling task undertaken by employees and implement control measures which eliminate the risk of injury or reduce the risk of injury as far as reasonably practicable.

Total Risk Solutions can assist you to:

  • Identify Manual Handling Hazards
  • Assess the Risk of Injury and Recommend Risk Controls
  • Re-design Workplaces
  • Review Mechanical Aids
  • Develop Procedures and Work Instructions

It is essential for all companies and businesses to have a system in place to manage the safety of employees and contractors. Each States Work Health and Safety Act requires employers to provide a safe workplace.  The development and implementation of an Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS) is a widely recognised tool used to manage in part this obligation. It also helps to ensure that both management and employees understand their responsibilities and demonstrates legal compliance. Many organisations integrate Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems into an integrated management system.

Total Risk Solutions can provide qualified staff to review and develop your Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS) policies and procedures. We can develop a new system for you based on your existing procedures or create new procedures to fill any gaps. To be effective, the Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS) policies and procedures should be specific for your business and provide straightforward methods for dealing with Occupational Health and Safety issues as they arise.

As legislation changes or when the policies and procedures have been established, Total Risk Solutions can provide updates or assist in implementing your Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS) in the workplace.

As an employer, you are required by law to provide a safe and healthy workplace for your workers and contractors. Much of the WH&S Regulations coming into force today are based around conducting Risk Assessments to determine compliance activities. Each individual workplace has its own intrinsic Hazards and Risks associated with the particular industry or business.

As an employer how can you determine your Hazards and Risk exposure, and how do you go about providing a safe environment for your staff?  Organisations need to be able to demonstrate that they have processes for systematic identification and assessment of their workplace risks and that they are exercising due diligence in the management of those risks.

Total Risk Solutions Consultants conduct Risk Assessments in relation to many types of situations and workplaces. The Risk Assessments are intended to objectively identify hazards that could injure a person and using a risk analysis technique to quantify the degree of risk. Once the risk has been quantified the appropriate level of control can be introduced to bring high levels of risk within a level that is less likely to injure people. Total Risk Solutions has extensive experience in conducting Risk Assessments for:

  • Manual handling tasks including repetitive and awkward posture tasks
  • Confined spaces
  • Machine Guarding
  • Working at Heights
  • Hazardous substances
  • Plant and equipment
  • Outdoor and adventure activities
  • Agricultural activities

In conducting risk assessments we use a range of  techniques and guidelines to assess the risk.  These guidelines are:

  • Statutory guidelines
  • Codes of Practices / Advisory Standards
  • Generic Risk Assessment protocols
  • AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009  Risk Management

Total Risk Solutions can help you identify the hazards in your workplace and assess the risks they pose to your staff and the general public.  We can offer advice on suitable solutions and devise an implementation and training program to suit your business.

For the development of a full business risk profile that covers all business risk, Total Risk Solutions recommends the use of Risk Wizard software (

For the undertaking of technical risk assessments,  Total Risk Solutions recommends PHA-Pro software (

Total Risk Solutions can format the program to your industry requirements.

During major or short term projects you may have the need for a Safety Adviser.  A Safety Adviser can be responsible for overseeing the safety of your project, co-ordinating all safety issues, and liaising with the various employees and contractors involved.

Total Risk Solutions can provide you with a Safety Adviser to meet these requirements in the short or long term, regardless of the size of your project. The benefits of using Total Risk Solutions staff as your Safety or Adviser is:

  • You keep control of the progress of the project;
  • The WH&S services are provided on an as needed basis;
  • Services provided ensure compliance with relevant legislation and regulations;
  • The use of a Total Risk Solutions Safety Adviser allows your Project Manager to focus on the technical and time aspects while still ensuring safety on site;
  • Staff can be requested for specific maintenance or outage periods;

Total Risk Solutions Consultants assist organisations to develop and document their Work Health & Safety Management System through the development of Policy and Procedure Manuals to form an effective WH&S Management System. The Business WH&S Policy and Procedure Manual can be developed to complement existing documentation, such as Production or Quality Manuals and assist with statutory requirements. The developed procedures complement statutory requirements by providing specific and practical guidance relevant to the task or process.

In developing the Procedures for your Work Health & Safety Management System Manual, a risk management process is applied to ensure that the procedures minimise the risks rather than document current activities. We can develop and document WH&S Management System in Australia or Internationally in accordance with an organisation’s business. Talk to us about your requirements.

Slips, trips and falls constitute a large and costly public health problem. Slip and fall incidents are one of the main causes cited in personal injury litigation. Slipping, tripping and falling accidents account for a significant proportion of the accidents that occur in public places. Understanding your floor’s slip resistance characteristics can disclose the risk of the condition of your floors surface to personal injury and possible litigation.

Regular testing of your pedestrian surfaces will indicate when remedial action is needed to help reduce the likelihood of a slip and fall accident.

At Total Risk Solutions we specialise in both Wet and Dry Slip Resistance Testing for floor surfaces such as Ceramic Tiles or Vinyl floors in wet and dry areas, Terrazzo surfaces in Shopping Centres and Malls, change rooms and toilets. Total Risk Solutions can advise on compliance issues and provide advice on remedial treatment processes which may be required to bring these floor surfaces into line with the requirements of the relevant Australian Standard.

These being:

  • AS/NZS 4663:2013 – Slip resistance measurements of existing pedestrian surfaces.
  • AS/NZS 4586:2013 – Slip resistance classifications of new pedestrian surface materials.
  • Handbook HB 197:1999 – An introductory guide to the slip resistance of pedestrian surface materials

Portable Skid Resistance Testers are regularly used to test the wet or dry slip resistance on pedestrian walkways and flooring, within offices, shopping mall,  factories and commercial facilities both at the design stage and in the investigation of accidents.  The Pendulum unit is used for wet surface slip testing and the Tortus unit is used for dry surface slip testing.

The undertaking of a slip hazard identification and assessment of your floor surfaces and subsequent controls demonstrates your contribution to a safe working environment as required by the Work Health & Safety Act and assists you to comply with your obligations as the controller or occupier of premises or facility.

The undertaking of a slip hazard identification and assessment of your floor surfaces and subsequent controls demonstrates your contribution to a safe working environment as required by the Work Health & Safety Act and assists you to comply with your obligations as the controller or occupier of premises or facility. Our range of slip resistance testing and floor safety consulting services includes.

  • Slip accident investigations and expert witness reports.
  • Slip resistance testing to Australian Standards for wet and dry areas.
  • Advice on surface treatment for flooring surfaces to increase slip resistance.
  • Pedestrian floor auditing that remove doubt, reduce risk of injury and assist compliance with your WH&S obligations.
  • Assistance with floor surface treatment or tile selection.
Risk Assessments