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:

 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.