ACT intervenes with manual tasks program

Thursday, 02 November, 2006

A range of occupational health and safety intervention strategies has been launched by ACT WorkCover as part of its 2006/07 Information and Prevention Program.

The two major initiatives are the Manual Tasks Intervention Program and a SunSafe campaign.

The Manual Tasks Intervention Program aims to reduce the number of persons injured by the hazards associated with manual tasks. David Pitt, the ACT WorkCover inspector who developed the program, told Safety Solutions that it is a generic program targeting all ACT industry.

"The program will kick off with the workshop and guidance material, and advertising," Pitt said.

The program will also include targeted compliance activities with workplace audits conducted by inspectors and a one-day information-sharing workshop on 17 November for ACT businesses.

"We will invite a number of businesses to showcase and provide practical examples of how they have successfully managed manual tasks. It will also be an opportunity for businesses to network," Pitt said. "The auditing process won't start until the new calendar year."

"The SunSafe Campaign will target outdoor workers and feature an extensive information pack, including a new ACT WorkCover publication, A Guide to Sun Safety for Outdoor Workers, along with resources from the Cancer Council, including information on how to develop a workplace UV protection program," Erich Janssen, ACT WorkCover Commissioner said.

Further information on the Manual Tasks Workshop is available by contacting WorkCover on workplacesafetysup@act.gov.au.

Carmen Li, Journalist

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