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    Reduce the chances of musculoskeletal disorders with staff

    6th March 2019

    Safe moving and handling

    If you work in a health and social care setting then it’s likely that you spend a significant amount of your time moving and handling residents, patients and service users. Whether you’re using specialist equipment, such as hoists and EPBs, or simply assisting a person to move into and out of a wheelchair, it’s essential that you understand how to carry out the task safely and correctly.

    Moving and Handling training will provide you and your staff with safe manual handling practices so that they know how to carry out an individual risk assessment, use equipment safely, reduce the likelihood of developing musculoskeletal disorders and always keep your patients / residents comfort and safety at the forefront of their mind.

    Training ensures that care environments become safer places for carers, nurses, patients/residents, indeed everyone!

    Startling Statistics

    Did you know that according to the HSE a staggering 8.9 million working days were lost in 2016/17 as a result of musculoskeletal injuries? This means that over 507,000 workers suffering from work related back or other muscular injuries. Alarming statistics for sectors such as social care where manual handling is common.

    Importance of training

    Employers need to make sure that staff receive adequate training and information on people moving and handling. Practical training has an important role to play in ensuring that staff have the skills and confidence to hoist people safely. In addition to practicing equipment selection and use, staff need to understand the principles of hoisting, the potential risks, how to use the specific equipment they have in their workplace and how to implement individual handling plans.

    It is important that supervisors also receive training so that they are able to monitor, identify and correct poor practice.

    Who benefits from training?

    Some of the key areas identified as benefiting from training are as follows:

    Management – Compliance with the law, peace of mind, increased efficiency (Staff time), reduced likelihood of litigation and associated costs from injury.

    Carer staff – Have more confidence in handling patients/residents, have more time due to the increased efficiency, are kept safer and have less risk of injury. Achieve consistent care standards.

    Patients/Residents – Are kept safer, are cared for better, have improved well-being, are more comfortable during manual handling.

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