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Introduction Statistics show that within the Health Services almost 50% of accidents reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985 (RIDDOR) are due to the improper handling of heavy loads. Under the new Manual Handling Operations Regulations that came into force on 1st January 1993 employers are required to make an assessment of all manual handling operations and to take remedial action where there is an identifiable risk to employees. Aims The course will make delegates aware of their own, and their employers responsibilities under the new regulations. Participants will be able to lift and handle reasonable loads safely and efficiently, minimizing the risk of injury and cumulative strain. The course will show the importance of efficient body movement and position in the work situation and the inherent risk of back injury if they are not followed. It will teach methods of handling and transfer of customerspatients both manually and mechanically. The course will make caring staff aware of, and define non-routine and emergency circumstances, e.g. a falling patient, and give advice as to what to do. The Course Covers Introduction - Accident Statistics EC Directives - Health & Safety at Work Act Manual Handling Regulations - The Law - Safety Policy The Causes of Injury and Strain when HandlingTransferring Loads The Movement of an Inanimate Object - The Legal Weight Restraint The Movement of a CustomerPatient CustomerPatient to Handler Weight Ratios Assessment of the Situation Using an Ergonomic Approach Using Mechanical Assistance - Handling and Transfer Equipment Accepted LiftsTransfers Forbidden LiftsTransfers Emergency Situations Team Work - Commands Communication - Attitude - Behaviour - Perception Practical Session - Demonstration of Lifts and Transfers Questions and Answers Course Duration One Day, up to twelve delegates may attend. Certification Certificate of Attendance.

Introduction Statistics show that within the Health Services almost 50% of accidents reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985 (RIDDOR) are due to the improper handling of heavy loads. Under the new Manual Handling Operations Regulations that came into force on 1st January 1993 employers are required to make an assessment of all manual handling...

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