Why Do We Need Moving and Handling People Training?

Why Do We Need Moving and Handling People Training?

We need moving and handling people training to prevent injuries and distress in the workplace. Moving and handling people can have serious implications for the employer if carried out incorrectly. If not handled appropriately this can lead to injury to the person you are assisting, time off or being unable to carry out roles effectively due to injury; emotional distress and in some circumstances legal proceedings.

What does training involve?

Moving and handling training people involves understanding the key terms and issues.. It will help you to:

  1. Know what kinds of injuries can happen to yourself and the person you are moving
  2. Understandboth your employers responsibility and your own responsibilities to manage and avoid risks.
  3. Know what you must report to your line managers or health and safety representatives
  4. Understand the factors you need to take into accountwhen moving people as opposed to objects; such as: consent, communication, infection prevention and control, and changing requirements 
  5. Understand what can cause injury
  6. Learn about TILEO – Task, Individual, Load, Environment and Other Factors
  7. Use TILEO todynamically assess and evaluate risks of injury to yourself and the person you are assisting 
  8. Be able to explain the principles of ergonomic handling in a typical manual handling task including: 
  • Encourage self-help to avoid risk
  • Keep the weight close to the body 
  • Assume a stable position
  • Get a firm hold
  • Spine in an S shape, bend at the knees, avoid twisting
  • Lift smoothly
  1. Be aware of the kind of equipment you might encounter
  2. Learn why you need to understand your employers policies and procedures.

Prevention is better than the cure!

Training will help to prevent manual handling injuries in the workplace by helping you, your employers and employees to understand which tasks you should avoid as far as possible.  Sometimes it is not possible to avoid handling people. Then you and your employers must look at the risks of the task. Following this, sensible health and safety measures need to be put in place.  This will help prevent and avoid injury and distress.

Applying TILEO

Some tasks may not seem difficult or risky at all. We’ve probably all assisted another person in one way or another in our private lives and not given the process much thought. And common sense might override logical thought in the workplace. Consider the following example; you work in a care home and one of the residents has fallen asleep in an armchair. Their leg has moved into an awkward position and is causing a trip hazard. They haven’t been sleeping well and you are loath to wake them. Common sense might tell you to just reposition their leg. They need their sleep, their leg is causing a hazard, and you just need to move it.

But at this stage, you need to apply logical thought to your common sense. Without this you may find yourself in a situation whereby you could injure yourself and the resident. The shock of you touching them could cause a knee jerk reaction, they may object to you touching them, you could move them into an uncomfortable position which causes them damage. You you must stop and apply logical thought. This involves TILEO, which you will learn about in training. Applying TILEO will help you to stop and assess Task, Individual, Load, Environment and Other Factors, before attempting to move or handle something which may cause injury.

Engage in Learning Moving and Handling Training

Our Moving and handling eLearning package incorporates everything you need to know. It is designed to raise awareness of the issues and best practice associated with moving and handling people.

You can find our Moving and Handling People course here