Health & Social Care – Moving and handling advice from HSE

Moving and handling is a key part of daily activity in health and social care.

The moving and handling of people if not done safely, can cause serious injury to service users and staff. You must take action to prevent or minimise the risk of injury.

Poor moving and handling practice can lead to

  • Back pain and musculoskeletal disorders, which can lead to inability to work
  • Moving and handling accidents – which can injure both the person being moved and the employee
  • Discomfort and a lack of dignity for the person being moved

Relevant Legislation includes

  • Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA)
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) (as amended 2002)
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

Related Documents

We’ve identified publicly available resources that we thought you might find useful.

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How the lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations apply to Health and Social Care

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Getting to grips with hoisting people

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