Healthcare settings can pose significant moving and handling challenges and risks. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders, including manual handling injuries, are the most common type of occupational ill health in the UK.
Given the nature, type and frequency of moving and handling activities undertaken the risks of injury to staff and patients are considerable and need to be minimised. As part of health and safety at work requirements, employers are expected to provide training on the specific activity of moving and handling.
By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Moving & Handling Level 1
- be able to recognise manual handling risk factors and how injuries can occur
- understand employers and employees responsibilities under relevant national Health & Safety legislation including most recent versions of the Manual Handling Operation Regulations
- understand their own responsibilities under local organisational policies for Moving and Handling
- know where additional advice and information can be sought relating to Moving and Handling issues
- be able to use an ergonomic approach to manual handling and other work tasks leading to improved working posture
- understand principles of good back care to promote general musculo-skeletal health
- understand the principles of safer handling
- know the factors to be included in undertaking a dynamic risk assessment prior to undertaking a moving and handling activity
- understand how the organisation uses its risk management processes to inform safe systems of work
- be able to choose suitable risk control strategies, resources and support available to facilitate good practice following a risk assessment appropriate to the staff member’s role.