Induction Standards for Northern Ireland
Standard 3: Maintain safety at work: Moving and handling
Although this is a very common part of care work, it is also one which can be challenging both for the care worker and the person being moved. The result could be an injury which could affect either person for the rest of their lives. Your employer must ensure that you are properly trained before you are allowed to move and position people and your manager must sign to say that you are competent to undertake such tasks. You will also have to update your knowledge on a regular basis.
Look at the following resources:
- The HSE has a section on its website called Moving and handling in health and social care. You need to look at this very carefully. It will help you understand some of the theory
- Social Care TV on excellence: moving and positioning are used in different settings. Watch the video and discuss whether the moving and positioning is done correctly
Check your understanding
- What objects might you have to move and handle in your job?
- When might you have to move and handle people?
- What does dignity and respect have to do with moving and handling?
Did you know?
- One of the highest causes of sickness absence in social care is injury caused by using the wrong or inadequate techniques for moving and handling.
Record what you have learned
- Your organisation may have a Learning Record Form. If so, use that to write down what you have learned and any questions you might have. Otherwise you can use our Learning Record Form.