Learners will have an understanding of the safe principles of manual handling, the risks of poor manual handling, their legal obligations to carry out safe manual handling, knowledge of and skills to use the appropriate equipment.
Students will be able to state relevant Manual Handling and Health and Safety Legislation. List the components of the spinal column; identify potential injuries and how to avoid them. Complete a risk assessment using the ergonomic approach of E.L.I.T.E. Demonstrate the correct method of moving and handling people and the appropriate selection of equipment available.
Students are continually assessed as each topic is explained and discussed. Practical skills are demonstrated and then practised by students. Each task will be assessed and guidance given by the assessor.
Module A – Introduction
- How can we achieve safer handling
- Musculoskeletal injuries and contributory factors
- Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
- Anatomy and function of the spine
- Static loading and its effects
- Current Legislation
- Employers and employees responsibilities
- Equipment legislation LOLER and PUWER
- Reporting of injuries, local policies and RIDDOR
- Ergonomics and risk assessment
- Principles of safer handling
- Principles of team handling
- Good communication including gestures and cues
- Unsafe practices
Module B – Inanimate Load Handling and practical application of ergonomics
- Principles of safer handling of inanimate loads
- Inanimate load risk assessment
- The importance of good posture and the application of ergonomics in the workplace
- Good posture and how to achieve it
- Long term effects of poor posture
- Practical skills including pushing, pulling, lifting a load from the floor or a low level.
- Moving large and awkward loads
- Appropriate position when sitting at a desk or driving
- Preparation of the body for manual handling tasks
Module C – Sitting, Standing and Walking
- Principles of Safer Handling revisited
- Have an awareness of the functional mobility gallery
- To provide and facilitate the safer moving of patients/clients using the principles of normal body movement.
- Patient/client handling risk assessment
- Communication including practical suggestions for patient handling
- Practical skills, manoeuvres to include, moving forward in a chair and vice versa, sit to stand and vice versa, sit to stand at the edge of the bed and vice versa, assisted walking, the fallen/falling person, raising the fallen person.
Duration: 12 Hours