Course Profile

Course Profile: Moving & Handling Risk Assessment (1 Day)
Back injuries can be devastating to the person concerned and expensive for their employer. Participants on this course will look at anatomy and back care as well as the legal requirements, recommended guidance and case law relating to this subject. Although the course will discuss a variety of techniques and selection of appropriate equipment it is not designed to be a practical session on these techniques. The main focus of the course will be in the completion of a “suitable and sufficient” Risk Assessment and how the process can be applied to “real life” situations.
The course is informed by and provides some underpinning knowledge for
NHS KSF: Core 3.4
QCF: HSC027, 037
MIS (2012): 1.3
The course is designed for any manager who is required to provide Moving and Handling Risk Assessments for staff who physically lift or move loads or assist people while at work.
The course will assist the organisation to deliver CQC Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 11.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

• Injury related statistics and how this relates to the principles of good back care.
• The legal requirements and recommended guidance relating to lifting / moving objects:
      - The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2002)
      - The Management of Health & Safety Regulations 1999
      - The Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
      - The Lifting Operations & Lifting equipment Regulations 1998
• The functions of the spine and musculo-skeletal system.
• The most common causes of back injury, including cumulative strain.
• The key components of a moving and handling risk assessment, including identifying hazards relating to:
      - Task, Load / Person, Individual Capability, Environment
• How to complete a "suitable and sufficient" moving and handling risk assessment in a practical, objective and systematic
• The principles of good moving & handling technique.
• Ergonomic solutions.
• What small handling aids and equipment exists, and describe which situations they may be used in.
• The typical manual handling challenges that present at work.
• Balancing the needs and choices of a person receiving support and the safety of person providing that support.
• A range of strategies to help resolve these problems.
Training methods utilised include Small & large group work, Practice examples, Discussion, Tutor presentation, OHP/PowerPoint, Handouts, Practical demonstrations.