The main points in health and safety relating to moving and handling.
* The Health and Safety at Work etc Act(1974) is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain.
* Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992- is applicable in all work places, and whether it is a box, lifting equipement or a person. Illustrated with colour diagrams to show potential circumstances and posture hazards.
* Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).- This regulation deals with the work equipment and machinery used every day in workplaces, homes,hospitals, factories, offices, farms. It is intended to be used by local authorities health and safety inspectors, health and safety enforcements officers, health and safety professionals providing health and safety services within medium to large companies, for example health and safety training personnel, HSE inspectors and legal professionals.
* Moving and Handling is a key part of the working day fro most employees; from moving equipment, catering,laundry, supplies or waste to assisting residents to move.Poor moving and handling practice can lead to:
* Back pain and musculoskeletal disorders, which can lead to inability to work.
* Moving and handling accidents- which can injure both the service user being moved and the employee doing the action.
* Discomfort and lack of dignity for the person being moved.
People who are ill, disabled or debilitated often need assistance with their daily living activities and movement. Some people are partially or entirely paralyzed and need more assistance. Some people may only need 'stand by' assistance, but safety should always remain a concern for both the person being moved and the carer.
Whenever there is stand by assistance or hands on assistance, there are safety protocols to follow, known as Body Mechanics. Body...