Moving and handling plans are implemented to reduce the risk of injury to staff and patients using patient handling equipment.
Moving and handling activities are a key part of carers everyday routine within the health and social care industry. Their duties can range from using moving equipment, assisting residents in moving, bathing and dressing, plus much more.
If moving and handling tasks aren’t carried out correctly, there is a danger of serious injury to carers and patients. Any care provider or organisation that uses patient handling equipment will need to introduce safety procedures and risk assessments to avoid any accidents and injuries.
It is important that an appropriate system of work is followed when using the equipment that is provided. Avoid manual handling tasks which could result in an injury and assess risks that cannot be avoided. Enforcing safety measures will help to reduce the risk, where reasonably practicable.
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 with the 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.
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