Effectiveness of the SA manual handling legislation: Views from the workplace

V. O'Keeffe, I. Furness

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A review was conducted to determine the effectiveness of the South Australian manual handling regulation and approved code of practice. Awareness and usage in workplaces were evaluated through a telephone survey which was conducted among 410 employers and 190 elected health and safety representatives. Levels of awareness of the regulation and code were very high for medium-large workplaces (96.5% for the regulation; 90% for the code) but only moderately so for small workplaces (57% for the regulation; 44% for the code). In medium-large workplaces, 44% had used the code of practice to the point of taking preventive action in the workplace, compared with only 4% in small workplaces. Respondents identified a number of positives regarding the code of practice, with no evidence that the code itself was a significant impediment to improving manual handling practices. It was concluded that until there is a full review of the national standard and code of practice, efforts were best directed towards the development of supporting guidance material and better delivery to small business.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-410
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Evaluation
  • Injuries
  • Legislation
  • Manual handling
  • Workplace survey


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