What Does Moving and Handling Mean?

What Does Moving and Handling Mean?

Moving and handling refers to the manual handling of people. Moving and handling is the same as manual handling, but refers to people rather than objects. Lifting, pushing or pulling someone incorrectly can cause injuries to yourself and the person you are moving. Injuries can be caused by repetitive actions, such as the number of times you have to lift or carry a person. Distances they are carried or the height they need to be lifted from. And, any incorrect posture you may adopt whilst performing the task, such as twisting, bending or stretching.

Incorrect manual handling is one of the most common causes of injuries at work. Over a third of all workplace injuries are due to back pain, limb & joint pain and repetitive strain injuries. There is no one way Moving and Handling injuries occur. They can happen anywhere, at any time. Whilst injury is more likely in industries such as care homes, they can affect any working environment.

Definition of Manual Handling

“Manual Handling” is defined as the transporting or supporting of a load (including lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving) by hand or by bodily force.

“Load” is not limited to an inanimate objects – it includes people (and animals).

How do the Manual Handling Regulations affect you?

According to the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 employers have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of their employees. And according to the Management of health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers have a legal obligation to do so. It requires employers to assess the risks to the health and safety of their employees, in other words, carry out risk assessments.

Alongside these regulations, there is a requirement in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, that employers must also carry out a risk assessment on manual handling tasks.

Enforcement of legislation

Safe manual handling is a serious issue. The HSE and local authorities can and do enforce health and safety legislation. They are able to ensure compliance with the law with a range of responses to offences. Serious offences can even lead to prosecution.

Staying compliant with regulations

Both employers and employees have a responsibility to be compliant with regulations. An employer must carry out risk assessments and provide staff with training and appropriate equipment to assist with necessary manual handling. An employee must adhere to the risk assessment and use equipment correctly.

Employers must:

  • Be responsible for a suitable and robust risk assessment
  • Reduce risk to a reasonably practical level
  • Provide information, training and procedures on manual handling

Employees must:

  • Be reasonably responsible for their own, and their colleagues and clients, health and safety
  • Follow procedure and use equipment correctly
  • Report accidents and hazards appropriately

Engage in Learning Moving and Handling Training

Moving and Handling People training helps prevent injuries in the workplace.  If not managed this can be costly and difficult to manage – causing time off, inability to carry out roles effectively, emotional distress and in some circumstances legal proceedings.

Our Moving and handling eLearning package incorporates everything you need to know.

You can find our Moving and Handling People course here