Psychology Bundora Essay

409 WordsJan 14, 20152 Pages
What is Manual Handling? Manual Handling is, lifting, pushing, reaching, stretching, stooping, carrying, transporting and supporting. Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 was set in place to direct the delivery of health and social care at its highest quality. It requires an employer to risk assessments any manual hazards. For example; lifting or moving loads/people, and provide a safe way of carrying out the job. For example; using a hoist to lift people. Staff must then be trained to use hoist or the patient could sustain injury if the hoist is not used in the correct manor. There are many hazards staff must be aware of whilst working in health and social care, one of these hazards include back pain. In health and social care, staffs are constantly handling patients with disabilities who are unable to walk or move. For example, on my work placement there was a child who suffered from a serious illness which affected her walking. This girl was completely dependant on hoists. This involved the staff lifting the child up to secure the hoists. It also involved the staff lifting the girl completely on their own to transfer her from her bed to her seat. Doing this, could result in the staff suffering from back pain either short or long term. This can be avoided by training the staff. Sufficient training ensures the health and social care setting as it means fewer injuries occur and employees are at a lesser risk to suffer from back pain in health and social care. Being trained is vital as it is under the Manual Handling Legislation. Employers Duties Employers are required to Avoid, Assess and Reduce. * Avoid – Employers should avoid, if they can, any hazardous manual handling that may put them in danger. If you are in a care home handling a patient, avoid handling this patient on your own. Ask for another employee’s help. You can

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