These pages are for employers and employees in the health and social care sectors involved in moving and handling, particularly those who assess moving and handling needs and carry out handling activities.
Moving and handling is a key part of the working day for most employees; from moving equipment, laundry, catering, supplies or waste to assisting residents in moving.
Poor moving and handling practice can lead to:
You must take action to prevent or minimise the risk of injury.
As more than 50% of manual handling injuries in health and social care involve the moving and handling of people, these pages concentrate on reducing the risk from people handling. For general information on factors that can lead to injury, visit the musculoskeletal disorder web pages. For further information on risk assessments for inanimate/object handling please see the manual handling web pages.
The following legislation may be relevant for assessing moving and handling risks: