What is Manual Handling?

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) defines manual handling as:

“any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force”.

The load can be a person or an inanimate object.  The regulations provide a general framework in relation to moving and handling and require the following:

“to avoid hazardous moving and handling operations so far as reasonably practicable.

and where it is not reasonably practicable to:

“assess any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided and reduce the risk of injury so far as is reasonably practicable”.

What is People Moving and Handling?

People Moving and Handling is used to refer to the Manual Handling of People. People Moving and Handling is largely regulated by the same Manual Handling Regulations which related to the moving of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. Incorrect manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as back pain, limb & joint pain and repetitive strain injuries, account for over a third of all workplace injuries.

What can be done to prevent Moving and Handling injuries?

This is a big one! In simple terms, the main thing is a risk assessment, though there are other considerations: Firstly, does the person (load) need to be moved at all? If so, can he/she be moved mechanically by using a handling aid, such as a powered hoist?

If manual lifting is the only option, then there are a number of things that can be done to reduce the risk, including changes to the environment and of course, effective and regular training for the person performing the manual & handling task!

What is the Scottish Manual Handling Passport Scheme(SMHPS) 2014?

The Scottish Manual Handling Passport Scheme 2014 covers all manual handling activities in Health Boards and Local Authorities.

It clarifies the minimum requirements for manual handling education arrangements across these sectors and by doing so, promotes national consistency. It provides a platform for achieving our integration strategy goals for adult health and social care.

Are there any recommended weight limits for manual handling?

The law does not identify a maximum weight limit, it places duties on employers to manage or control risk. Things to be considered will include the individual carrying out the handling operation, the weight to be lifted, the distance to be carried, the nature of the load or the postures to be adopted or the availability of equipment to facilitate the lift.

What training courses are available and who provides them?

It is hoped that the training section of the Angus Health and Social Care Manual Handling website will detail courses that are being run in Angus in relation to manual handling. 

In the meantime, if you are looking for information on what training is available, please liaise with First Contact OT on 01241 465274 or email FirstContactOT@angus.gov.uk. They may need to pass your query onto another service but will try and provide you with the right information and support that they can.

Angus Council Organisational Development can deliver training, at a cost, and where capacity allows, to external providers. The training can also be delivered outwith Angus Council premises. Attending such training would allow attendees access to e-learning modules and training materials as well as practical training sessions. Please contact the Organisational Team if you would like any more information.

What is the people manual handling position statement?

The purpose of the Position statement is to set out the minimum standards in relation to the manual handling of people which is expected by Angus Health and Social care Partnership (AHSCP), and which is in line with the Angus Care Model. Services are also expected to meet the relevant Policy and Guidance in relation to Manual Handling. The position statement also outlines the standards for unpaid carers and personal assistants.

Are Glide Sheets provided?

Glide sheets will be provided by AHSCP following an assessment of need by an occupational therapist or a nurse from the Partnership.

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