There are a range of factsheets and guidance materials to help mine operators reduce the incidence and severity of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and to help workers avoid developing them. If you are unable to download a copy of any of the publications on this page, contact your local mine safety office and they will print one for you.

Please note that the documents below may refer to legislation that has been repealed. Please check the mine safety legislation section for current, in force WHS legislation applying to mines in NSW.

Managing musculoskeletal disorders

The guide to managing musculoskeletal disorders has been developed jointly by the Resources Regulator and the Mine Safety Advisory Council (MSAC). The guide is designed to help sites take planned, preventative measures to deal with risks associated with hazardous manual tasks. It includes practical examples, case studies, resources and easy to use tools consistent with regulatory requirements and world-leading practice. Download the guide:

Hazardous manual tasks

SafeWork NSW has developed a factsheet on hazardous manual tasks. These tasks cover a wide range of activities that involve using the body to move or hold an object, people or animals. Most musculoskeletal disorders are caused by hazardous manual tasks. Download the factsheet:

Health indices

The Resources Regulator and MSAC have produced a factsheet on health indices for musculoskeletal disorder management. The identification and use of both lead and, to a lesser extent, lag health indicators are a useful way to make informed decisions can be made to eliminate or control musculoskeletal disorders. Download the factsheet:

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