Manual Handling Awareness

This course gives a comprehensive overview of manual handling theory within Health and Social Care

This course covers all the principles of safe and effective manual handling. It falls alongside the Wales Manual Handling Passport and covers such areas as biomechanics, centre of gravity, stable base, short levers, ergonomics and communication. There are over half a million workplace-related musculoskeletal disorders reported in the UK every year. This course gives the clear and effective information needed to reduce these statistics.

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Course Details

Manual Handling Awareness course details:
  • Clear, attractive format
  • Real-life scenarios help illustrate key points
  • With videos and graphics to make an enjoyable learning experience
  • Written by an expert with over 20 years experience of health and social care training

Benefits for you

Manual handling forms an essential part of many different qualifications and learning frameworks. If you are working towards any of these, it is important to appreciate to what extent this course helps you in your goal.

Whilst manual handling plays a role in a vast number of workplaces, it is especially important in health and social care settings. This course has been mapped to the following (where it is applicable) –

Core skills Training Framework – Subject 7 – Moving and Handling

  • a) be able to recognise manual handling risk factors and how injuries can occur 
  • b) understand employers and employees responsibilities under relevant national Health & Safety legislation including most recent versions of the Manual Handling Operation Regulations 
  • c) understand their own responsibilities under local organisational policies for Moving and Handling 
  • e) be able to use an ergonomic approach to manual handling and other work tasks leading to improved working posture 
  • f) understand principles of good back care to promote general musculoskeletal health 
  • g) understand the principles of safer handling 
  • h) know the factors to be included in undertaking a dynamic risk assessment prior to undertaking a moving and handling activity 
  • i) understand how the organisation uses its risk management processes to inform safe systems of work

Health and Social Care Diploma Level 2 – Unit 8 – Contribute to Health and Safety in Health and Social Care Learning outcome 5 – Be able to move and handle equipment and other objects safely 

  • 5.1 Identify legislation that relates to moving and handling 
  • 5.2 Explain principles for moving and handling equipment and other objects safely 

Apprenticeship Standard for Adult Care Worker Level 2 

  • E 22 – Move people and objects safely (please note this is from the competency section so practical observations would be required) 

The Care Certificate - 13.3 – Move and assist safely 

  • 13.3a Identify key pieces of legislation that relate to moving and assisting 
  • 13.3b List tasks relating to moving and assisting that they are not allowed to carry out until they are competent

Course Syllabus

Section 1 – Introduction

  • Learning Objectives 
  • Mapping 
  • Meet The People 

Section 2 – Overview of Legislation and Guidance 

  • Introduction 
  • The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA) 
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) (MHOR) 
  • The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) 
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) 
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)
  • Prosecutions 
  • Further Guidance 

Section 3 – Definitions and Practice 

  • Manual Handling in Real Life 
  • Biomechanics 
  • Biomechanics II – Centre of Gravity 
  • Biomechanics III – Stable Base Biomechanics IV – Short Levers Ergonomics Ergonomics II – The Task Being Completed Ergonomics III – The person’s physical and psychological characteristics Ergonomics IV – The organisation and social environment Ergonomics and Manual Handling Communication Section 4 – The Function of the Spine & Musculoskeletal Disorders The Spine Intervertebral disks Musculoskeletal Disorders Section 5 – Manual Handling Risk Assessment Introduction Using Manual Handling equipment Section 6 – Moving inanimate objects Introduction Resources Useful Links Useful Websites


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