This eLearning course aims to introduce you to the topic of object handling in health and social care. It is advisable that this course is used as a refresher and that you should also seek guidance from a competent professional to ensure you know how to move and handle objects safely.
The course begins by explaining the physiology and anatomy of the body in relation to moving and handling, including the purpose of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. The course describes the different areas of the spine, and explains how the spine can be damaged by lifting and moving objects.
The course then outlines the different legislation, regulations, policy and guidance relevant to moving and handling objects, explaining both the role of the employer and the role of the employee in adhering to their legal requirements.
The course then outlines the principles of safe object handling, including the lever principle, body positioning, the TILE assessment and group handling.
In addition, this course aims to enable you to apply your learning to the assessment criteria required to achieve part of the units HSC27, Contribute to health and safety in health and social care and HSC37, Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care.
The learning outcomes for this course are:
- Understand the anatomy and physiology in relation to moving and handling
- Understand current legislation and agreed ways of working when moving and positioning objects
- Move and position objects
- Know when to seek advice from and/or involve others when moving and positioning objects.