“The Health and Social Work Sector accounts for nearly 20% of all workplace injuries reported to the HSA each year.”
“Reported incidents indicate three main accident triggers in the healthcare sector: of which manual handling (patient handling and handling of inanimate loads) is the top reported injury”. (www.HSA.ie)
This course has been designed to ensure students are sufficiently trained and able to apply the principles and practices of safe manual handling and people handling in the workplace.
It addresses the current health and safety legislation in Ireland and outlines the responsibilities of the employer and the employee under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.
At the end of the course students will be able to:
Identify the relevant manual handling legislation in Ireland
Explain the anatomy of the spinal column
Recognise how incorrect manual handling technique can lead to injury
Outline the benefits of fitness and flexibility in the workplace
Describe the role of ergonomics and risk assessment in manual handling
State the 8 principles of safe manual handling
Principles of safer moving and handling
Unit 1: Manual Handling Legislation
Reasons to Manage Manual Handling
Definition of Manual Handling
General Duties of the Employer
Duties of the Employee
Duties of the Employer in relation to Manual Handling
Unit 2: The Musculoskeletal System
Structure and functions ofthe spine
The spinal cord
Ligaments and tendons
Muscles in movement
Joints of the spine
The process of movement
Unit 3: Musculoskeletal Disorders
Neck and upper limb disorders
Lower limb disorders
Disorders of the back
Risk factors for manual handling
Unit 4: Fitness and Flexibility
Fitness and flexibility
Benefits of stretching
Unit 5: Ergonomics and Risk Assessment
What is Ergonomics?
Benefits of good workplace ergonomics
Manual handling risk assessment
Unit 6: Safe Handling Techniques
The 8 principles of manual handling
Lifting from the floor (theory)
Lifting to waist height (theory)
Lifting to a height (theory)
Pushing and pulling (theory)
Team lift (theory)
UNIT 7: Practical Manual and Patient Handling
This Unit is carried out in the classroom and demonstrates how the principles of manual handling can be put into practice to include:
Pushing and pulling
Lifting from low levels
Lowering from a height
Team lifting principles
Patient Handling moves:
Sitting up, turning, standing, walking and sitting
Dealing with a falling and fallen patient
Use of hoist
Use of enablers such as banana boards & turntables
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 are examined with particular emphasis on the legislation specific to manual handling in the workplace.
This legislation, referred to as the Manual Handling of Loads Regulations 2007, outlines the duties of the employer including the requirement to avoid manual handling where possible, to carry out manual handling risk assessments and to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries to employees or injury to our patients/service users by implementing appropriate controls.
The training course also describes the structure of the spine and looks at the function and role of the individual components that make up the spinal column.
The function of the muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints and spinal discs are outlined and detailed information is given in relation to how these components may become injured during manual handling activities.
Risk factors which contribute to manual handling injuries are examined with the aim of reducing the risk of injury while undertaking a range of manual handling tasks in the work environment.The necessity to adhere to safe manual handling practices are explained and participants are advised on the procedure for carrying out manual handling risk assessments using the acronym TILE.
The benefits of good workplace ergonomics are discussed as part of the risk assessment process and the significant role that ergonomics plays in the reduction of musculoskeletal injuries at work is highlighted throughout the training course.Fitness and flexibility in the workplace and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are also explored as factors to be considered when addressing manual handling-related injuries.
Our Patient handling training course is a full day course covering the theory and practice of safe patient handling. It comprises of two parts, in the morning we cover Manual Handling of inanimate objects, followed by part two which covers people handling theory and techniques.
Who should complete the training course?
The course is suitable for employees of all levels whose job involves the moving and handling and Supporting People in the workplace, including all healthcare, social care, community workers and teachers.
How long is the certification valid for?
The certificate is valid for 2 years
How will I be assessed?
On completion of the course students are required to complete an end of course Quiz. participants are also required to complete assessment of both practical manual handling and patient techniques
Benefits of Manual Handling Training
Completion of this course will assist employees in maintaining good health and will help to reduce the risk of manual handling related injuries to both patients and staff in the workplace.
It will provide participants with the skills, knowledge and training to utilise correct manual handling techniques when carrying out commonplace work activities.
Employees will have the ability to work in a confident and safe manner which will contribute to a safer work environment.
The course provides useful tips on good back care and raises the awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in the reduction of people handling injuries.
It will also ensure that employees are aware of their legal responsibilities at work while ensuring employers are compliant with the law in the provision of manual handling training.