All employees are required to take reasonable care of their own health and safety, that of their colleagues, patients, and visitors to the Trust.
- Take personal responsibility and attend the appropriate mandatory moving and handling of patients and objects courses (please refer to Learning, Education and Development Policy).
- Avoid moving and handling of patients and objects that may cause harm to themselves or others.
- Make full and proper use of safe systems of work provided by their employer in compliance with the regulations.
- Choose appropriate moving and handling aids to reduce the risk of injury to themselves; ensuring this is always in the best interest of the patient.
- Wear appropriate clothing and footwear at work to carry out safe handling practice. In line with the Dress code and Uniform/Work Wear Mandatory Policy.
- Avoid controversial, high risk manouevres e.g. Drag Lift.
- Report faults, hazards, including unsafe moving and handling situations to their manager. Identify a need for any equipment necessary to reduce the risk of injury.
- Promptly report all near misses, accidents and moving handling injuries, acute or cumulative using the Trust Incident report form, ensuring the Moving and Handling Team are informed for active management.
- Ensure that all moving handling equipment is checked, clean and deemed safe prior to use. This is in line with the Cleaning and Disinfection Policy and Procedures 2010.
- Inform their manager about any issues relating to their health that may have an adverse effect on their ability to undertake safe moving and handling practices (including pregnancy)
Training is essential and integral to the adoption and maintenance of an ergonomic strategy and safe systems of work; but training on its own will not achieve safer handling.
Moving & handling training is mandatory and all employees must attend prior to undertaking their duties. As stated in the learning, Education and Development Policy.