Unit name: Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Care Settings
Learning outcome: 5. Be able to move and handle equipment and objects safely
Assessment criteria: 5.1 Identify legislation that relates to moving and handling
Several regulations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 are relevant to moving and handling tasks. This is because there is a high risk of injury associated with these kinds of activities and they are designed to ensure everyone’s safety. Your organisation’s agreed ways of working will describe how you can perform moving and handling tasks that are required by your job role legally and safely.
Moving and handling can relate to objects (e.g. lifting and carrying a box), equipment (e.g. using a sling) or individuals (e.g. assisting an individual with the transition from their bed to a chair).
Releveant legislation/regulation includes:
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – overarching framework for health and safety
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 – all tasks that involve risk should be risk-assessed and measures put in place to minimise risk
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 – if possible, manual handling tasks should be avoided but if not possible then measures to be put in place to minimise risk
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 – equipment must be safe and checked regularly, employees trained and warning signs used.
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 – equipment is safe and well-maintained, checked regularly and only used by individuals that have been trained in its use and only for its intended purpose