Legislation for Moving and Handling Essay

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Activity 12 A] Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA) – This act provides the legal framework to promote, stimulate and encourage high standards of health and safety in the workplace. It protects employees and the public from work activities. As an employee I have a duty to comply with HASAWA to ensure my own health and safety and that of others, to cooperate with one’s employer regarding policies and procedures and y not interfering with anything provided in the interest of health and safety. B] Manual Handling Operations regulations (MHOR) – is the movement or support of any load by physical effort which includes lifting, moving, carrying, pushing, pulling and putting down. As an employee I must be aware of and use safe working practices laid down for one’s safety also: * Making proper use of the equipment provided. * Cooperating with employer on health and safety matters * Being able to identify hazardous handling activities * Taking care to ensure that one’s activities do not put others at risk. Principles for safe moving and handling are: * Stand as close to the load as possible with feet apart and one foot in front of the other * Decide how to grip before lifting; grip the load firmly and try not to change position once started * Bend your knees and keep one’s back in a natural position * Hold load firmly and near to the body as comfortable * Lift using your legs, not your back * Keep the load near the centre of your body adjusting your feet as necessary. * If lifting with a colleague, cooperate to make sure that both lift at the same time. It is important to follow an individual’s care plan before moving and handling that individual identifying the risk associated with the resident’s mobility fir the health and safety of that individual and one’s self. It is important that consent be given for anything that
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