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On the 31st of December 1992 the Manual Handling Operations Regulations came into force. These regulations apply to any task which involves moving a patient or resident and sets out a series of duties which are placed on the employer and employee. Principally they are as follows.

  • Avoid as far as possible, the need for moving people which involves the potential for risk of injury.
  • Mechanise any tasks to prevent moving people.
  • Assess any hazardous manual handling operations which cannot be avoided. The assessment should include consideration of four main areas: Task, load, individual and environment.
  • Reduce the risk of injury resulting from moving people as far as possible.
  • Inform and train employees with regard to the risks involved in moving people.

Singleton Training Services Ltd offers a comprehensive training service in relation to manual handling of people, for all levels of staff. Our clinical training course is 6 hours; it consists of both theory and hands on practical sessions.

Course Syllabus:

  • Brief overview of the Health & Safety at Work Act.
  • Brief overview of Manual Handling Regulations.
  • Types and frequency and cost of handling injuries.
  • Anatomy of the back.
  • Physical principles of manual handling (principle of levers).
  • Risk assessment applied to moving people.
  • Control measures in moving people.
  • Principles of kinetics.
  • Practical demonstration of moving people.
  • Practical demonstration of lifting equipment in the home.

Moving and handling Objectives:

  • Explain what is meant by moving and handling.
  • Explain how moving people can cause injury.
  • State the principles for controlling moving people in a practical context.
  • Have a general knowledge of the risk assessment process.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the Manual Handling Regulations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lift safely using lifting equipment.

Course length: 6-7 hrs.

Qualification achieved: Attendance certificate.

Care standard: Standard 13

Cost: £50 per person + VAT on open courses.

£50 per person + VAT (min charge of £300 + VAT) for in-house courses.

Click here to download moving & handling syllabus.


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