Moving and handling

Identify legislation that relates to moving and handling

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Moving and handling is a key part of the day to day role of a health and social care worker and can refer to the movement of objects and people.

Incorrect practice can lead to accidents and injuries as well as discomfort and a lack of dignity for individuals that are being moved. It can also result in the law being broken, so it is important to have an understanding of the various legislation and regulations that are designed to ensure good manual handling practice.

The key pieces of legislation that relate to assisting, moving and handling are:

  • Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 (HSAW)
    • General framework to ensure health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace
    • Defines roles and responsibilities of employers and employees
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR)
    • Avoid, assess and reduce risks associated with manual handling
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
    • Employers must perform risk assessments
    • Employers must provide health and safety information to employees
    • Employers must create agreed ways of working for employees
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1999 (PUWER)
    • Employers must ensure all work equipment is safe to use
    • Employers must ensure all work equipment is suitable for intended use and is only used by employees with correct training
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1999 (LOLER)
    • Lifting tasks must be performed by employees who are competent
    • Lifting tasks must be planned properly and carried out in a safe manner

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