Moving & Safe Positioning (Combined People & Loads)

Course Aim:

To understand the theory & practical skills behind Moving & Safe Positioning of People & Loads.

Course Duration:

6 Hours

Who Should Attend:

All Staff Members


  • Review relevant legislation
  • Understand the role of the Employer and Employee’s duty with regards to these regulations
  • Raise awareness of biomechanics and ergonomics
  • Explore the anatomy of the spine
  • Review Statistics
  • Discuss the importance of Risk Assessments
  • Discuss controversial techniques and discuss why they are unsafe
  • Demonstrate safe moving and positioning practices using the principles of biomechanics

Contents of Course

  • Moving and Positioning, Posture in and outside of work
  • The definitions: The employer and the employee
  • Laws and legislation relevant to Moving and Positioning
  • Mental Capacity Act in relation to Moving and Positioning
  • Recommended weights for lifting
  • Bed Rails
  • Spinal Anatomy
  • Back related injuries
  • Other injuries caused by incorrect Moving and Positioning
  • Lifting Considerations
  • Team Lifting
  • Base Movement and Basic lifting
  • Biomechanics
  • Ergonomics
  • Centre of gravity
  • Demonstration and participation in how to lift an object safely using the principles of biomechanics
  • Hazard and Risk Assessment using the ELITE model: The Environment, The Load, The Individual, The Task and The Equipment
  • Cast Studies for Risk Assessments

Practical Contents

  • Discussion of equipment that is available and maybe of use in their working environment for safer Moving and Positioning
  • Use of equipment appropriate to their working environment including: Hoists and Slings, Stand Aids, Slide Sheets, Handling Support Belts and Handling Slings
  • Techniques for aiding people to stand and transfer manually
  • Wheelchair Use
  • Walking Frames and Commodes
  • Trainer Assessments of Candidates
  • Questions/Discussion
  • Quiz

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