A better approach to effectively manage hazardous manual tasks

What is PErforM

Participative Ergonomics for Manual Tasks (PErforM) is a simple manual task risk management program based on participative ergonomics, an internationally recommended approach for reducing musculoskeletal disorders.

The perform program:

  • can be applied to most types of hazardous manual tasks
  • has been used successfully in a wide range of industries
  • provides a framework to help employers engage with workers at all levels to identify, assess and control hazardous manual task risks within their workplace

PErforM is not recommended for people and animal handling tasks or computer workstation assessments.

What are the benefits for my organisation?

  • better control of manual task risks
  • legislative compliance
  • improvements in productivity
  • improved worker knowledge about manual tasks risks management
Getting started

Before  implementing PErforM at your workplace make sure you have:

  • management commitment and  support
  • identified a suitable site champion (coordinator and/or trainer)
  • workforce participation
Find out more

Musculoskeletal disorder strategy 2017-2022

By 2022, NSW aims to achieve a 50 per cent decline in the incidence rate of serious musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses. This strategy outlines how SafeWork intends to meet this target.

Find out more
2016/2017 musculoskeletal injury/disease claims
injured icon



money icon


in costs

death icon


average weeks lost

*this data is sourced from the SafeWork NSW Musculoskeletal Injuries and Diseases (MSID) Quarterly Statistical Files 2014-2017

Back to top