Task Safety Tips

When completing tasks on Airtasker it's important that you're safe whilst doing so. Below are some important safety considerations for the top 10 task categories on Airtasker. However, please see the reference for each of the safety checklists, at the bottom of this article.

These safety checklists have been supplied by UnionsNSW. Airtasker and UnionsNSW take no responsibility for incidents or injuries that arise from the use of the advice below. Visit SafeWork or your relevant state government website for further information about safe work. 

Handyman Tasks

These types of tasks can include furniture assembly, hanging pictures, painting, electrical and plumbing. Many of these tasks require tools and sometimes specialist skills and licenses.

If the task you're completing involves; high or sudden force, repetitive movement, sustained and/or awkward posture, exposure to vibration please refer to the hazardous manual tasks code of practice. See checklist F1. Manual handling below.

Tasks that require exposure to slippery surfaces, moving items or large bulk or surfaces with trip hazards, refer to managing the risk of falls at workplaces code of practice. See checklist F3 - Falls below.

Power tools

If operating power tools;

  • Ensure you have the safe operating procedures.
  • Acquire correct PPE prior to use for hearing and vibration protection.
  • Establish an exclusion zone to ensure no one else is affected by the use of your power tool.
  • Do not undertake activity if there is a risk of exposure to electricity or water is, which may cause electrocution is eliminated.

Please see checklist F8. Power tools below. 

Electrical and Gas Supplies

Any electrical wiring, working with gas fittings or plumbing task needs the relevant license. For licenses please visit your relevant State Government Fair Trading website (NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, ACT, TAS, NT)

Please see checklist F7. Electrical and gas supplies below. 

Other important checklists to use for handyman task safety evaluation:

  • F2 - Chemicals
  • F4 - Animals and biological hazards
  • F5 - Heat
  • F9 - Plant and machinery
  • F11 - Child protection

Delivery & Removals

If the task you're completing involves; high or sudden force, repetitive movement, sustained and/or awkward posture, exposure to vibration please refer to the hazardous manual tasks code of practice. See checklist F1. Manual handling below.

Tasks that require exposure to slippery surfaces, moving items or large bulk or surfaces with trip hazards, refer to managing the risk of falls at workplaces code of practice. See checklist F3 - Falls below.

Food and Beverage Delivery

If the task requires food handling, storage or food preparation, the person undertaking this task should have had food handling training. A task requiring the service of alcohol should be undertaken by someone by someone who has their responsible service of alcohol competency card. See checklist F6 - Food and beverage safety below.

Driving tasks

For tasks where driving is required, you need to make sure you check that you have:

  • The right license, especially if certain vehicles are required
  • A fatigue management plan when driving large distances (e.g. break every two hours)
  • Checked the load limit is appropriate for the vehicle and secured correctly
  • Assistance to load and unload item/s

See checklist F10 - Driving tasks below.

Other important checklists to use for delivery & removal task safety evaluation:

  • F4 - Animals and biological hazards
  • F9 - Plant and machinery

Cleaning

If the task you're completing involves; high or sudden force, repetitive movement, sustained and/or awkward posture, exposure to vibration please refer to the hazardous manual tasks code of practice. See checklist F1. Manual handling below.

Tasks that require exposure to slippery surfaces, moving items or large bulk or surfaces with trip hazards, refer to managing the risk of falls at workplaces code of practice. See checklist F3 - Falls below.

Other important checklists to use for cleaning task safety evaluation:

  • F2 - Chemicals
  • F5 - Heat

Gardening

If the task you're completing involves; high or sudden force, repetitive movement, sustained and/or awkward posture, exposure to vibration please refer to the hazardous manual tasks code of practice. See checklist F1. Manual handling below.

Tasks that require exposure to slippery surfaces, moving items or large bulk or surfaces with trip hazards, refer to managing the risk of falls at workplaces code of practice. See checklist F3 - Falls below.

Power tools

If operating power tools;

  • Ensure you have the safe operating procedures.
  • Acquire correct PPE prior to use for hearing and vibration protection.
  • Establish an exclusion zone to ensure no one else is affected by the use of your power tool.
  • Do not undertake activity if there is a risk of exposure to electricity or water is, which may cause electrocution is eliminated.

Please see checklist F8. Power tools below.

Other important checklists to use for gardening task safety evaluation:

  • F2 - Chemicals
  • F4 - Animals and biological hazards
  • F5 - Heat
  • F9 - Plant and machinery

Design & Photography

If the task you're completing involves; high or sudden force, repetitive movement, sustained and/or awkward posture, exposure to vibration please refer to the hazardous manual tasks code of practice. See checklist F1. Manual handling below.

Tasks that require exposure to slippery surfaces, moving items or large bulk or surfaces with trip hazards, refer to managing the risk of falls at workplaces code of practice. See checklist F3 - Falls below.

Office Admin

If the task you're completing involves; high or sudden force, repetitive movement, sustained and/or awkward posture, exposure to vibration please refer to the hazardous manual tasks code of practice. See checklist F1. Manual handling below.

Tasks that require exposure to slippery surfaces, moving items or large bulk or surfaces with trip hazards, refer to managing the risk of falls at workplaces code of practice. See checklist F3 - Falls below.

Computer and Website

If the task you're completing involves; high or sudden force, repetitive movement, sustained and/or awkward posture, exposure to vibration please refer to the hazardous manual tasks code of practice. See checklist F1. Manual handling below.

Power tools

If operating power tools;

  • Ensure you have the safe operating procedures.
  • Acquire correct PPE prior to use for hearing and vibration protection.
  • Establish an exclusion zone to ensure no one else is affected by the use of your power tool.
  • Do not undertake activity if there is a risk of exposure to electricity or water is, which may cause electrocution is eliminated.

Please see checklist F8. Power tools below.

Electrical and Gas Supplies

Any electrical wiring, working with gas fittings or plumbing task needs the relevant license. For licenses please visit your relevant State Government Fair Trading website (NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, ACT, TAS, NT)

Please see checklist F7. Electrical and gas supplies below.

Research

If the task you're completing involves; high or sudden force, repetitive movement, sustained and/or awkward posture, exposure to vibration please refer to the hazardous manual tasks code of practice. See checklist F1. Manual handling below.

Other important checklists to use for research task safety evaluation:

  • F12 - Occupational violence

Promotional Staff

If the task you're completing involves; high or sudden force, repetitive movement, sustained and/or awkward posture, exposure to vibration please refer to the hazardous manual tasks code of practice. See checklist F1. Manual handling below.

Tasks that require exposure to slippery surfaces, moving items or large bulk or surfaces with trip hazards, refer to managing the risk of falls at workplaces code of practice. See checklist F3 - Falls below.

Other important checklists to use for promotional task safety evaluation:

  • F4 - Animals and biological hazards
  • F5 - Heat
  • F10 - Driving tasks
  • F11 - Working with children
  • F12 - Occupational violence
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