Introduction

Welcome to Personal Care Consultants’ Manual Handling Theory and Law Training package. This course is based around the All Wales NHS Manual Handling Training Information Scheme.

What is the Passport Scheme?

The Passport Scheme was developed by Manual Handling / Health & Safety professionals within the NHS Trusts in Wales. The overall aim is to ensure the consistency of manual handling training within the NHS in Wales, thus allowing staff to transfer their skills when moving from Trust to Trust and ensuring that skills are consistent across Wales. This has become known as the ‘Passport Scheme’.

Module A consists of sections on:

Injuries

Avoiding Musculo-skeletal Injuries

Legislation

Ergonomics and Risk Assessment

Principles of Safer Handling

Team Handling

Communication

Module B consists of sections on:

Inanimate Load Handling and Practical Application of Ergonomics

Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the course are as follows:

Module A

Aim Objectives
Injuries

To raise awareness of the causative factors and the types of Musculo-skeletal injuries (particularly back injuries) and how injury can affect the individual, the employer and society.

Injuries

State activities and causative factors associated with Musculo-skeletal injuries

Indentify how a Musculo-skeletal injury can affect the individual in personal and financial terms

Identify how the injuries affect the employer and society   

Avoiding Musculo-skeletal Injuries

To provide basic information relating to the prevention of musculo-skeletal injuries

Avoiding Musculo-skeletal Injuries

Describe the basic structure of the spine

Identify back saving tips, relating them to prevention of injury throughout 24 hours

Outline measures to prevent other Musculo-skeletal disorders

Describe the management of injuries

Avoiding Musculo-skeletal injuries  

Legislation

To raise awareness of current health and safety legislation which relates to manual handling and its implementation in the workplace

To raise awareness of the Human Rights of both the client and the carers in relation to its impact on manual handling

Legislation

State the relevant pieces of legislation relating to manual handling

Have gained an awareness of the Human Rights Act 1998 as it impacts on manual handling

Outline the employer’s and employee’s responsibilities according to the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (updated 1998)

Outline the implications of

Health and Safety at Work Act

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998

Human Rights Act 1998   

Ergonomics and Risk Assessment 

To highlight the principles of manual handling

Ergonomics and Risk Assessment

Define the term ergonomics and discuss its application in the workplace

Define the words hazard and risk

Outline the difference between a formal and an informal risk assessment

State the 4 areas (Task, Individual Capability, Load and Environment) and other related factors when undertaking a manual handling risk assessment   

Principles of Safer Handling 

To highlight the principles of manual handling

Principles of Safer Handling

State core principles of safer handling, to include stable base, spine in line, loads close to the body

Identify how these principles can be applied to various handling situations   

Team Handling 

To create an awareness of factors to be considered when team handling

Team Handling

Cite the risks associated with team handling

Identify the risk control measures to be associated with Team Handling situations  

Communication

To emphasise the importance of good communication in safer handling

Communication

Outline how safer handling is enhanced by good verbal communication skills

Discuss the importance of written communication in relation to safer handling

 

Module B

Aim Objectives
Inanimate Load Handling and Practical Application of Ergonomics

To provide instructions and facilitate the application of inanimate load risk assessment, including the safer handling of inanimate loads and application of ergonomic principles, to ensure the health and safety of staff. 
Inanimate Load Handling and Practical Application of Ergonomics

State principles of handling inanimate loads

Identify the four key areas, and other related factors such as guideline weights, to be considered when undertaking a manual handling risk assessment

Undertake a formal risk assessment of an inanimate load assessment

Demonstrate basic warm up / stretching exercises

Identifying how principles of safer handling can be applied to larger / awkward loads

The importance of good posture and application of ergonomi