Understand Current Legislation and Agreed Ways of Working When Moving and Positioning Individuals

The current legislation and agreed ways of working are put in place to   reduce the risk of injury to care workers and service users. The HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ACT 1974 (HSWA)   is a legal requirement for employers to make sure that the health, safety and welfare of their employees is maintained. Employees also have to make sure that they are responsible for their own   and others welfare, health and safety. The policies and procedures will be specific to the environment you and others are working in. They have to be read and followed   and will be relevant to your particular situation.

The other legislation that is put in place for moving and handling individuals is,
*The Manual Handling regulations 1992

*The reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations 1995-RIDDOR

*Management of health and safety at work regulations 1999

* The lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations 1998 (LOLER)

* The manual handling operations regulations 1992   (MHOR) Amended 2002- reused 2004

*Provisions of use of work equipment regulations 1998 (PUWER)

*The workplace ( Health, safety and welfare) regulations 1992 WHSWR

Before moving and positioning an individual, I would take responsibility for the health and safety of them, other support workers and myself. I would cooperate with policies and procedures that are in place and meet all safety obligations.

Checks and assessments I would carry out:
*Read the risk assessments and support plan.   Even after reading through, check for any new issues with the individual, equipment and environment. See if they are still able to cooperate with the task involved.
*Wear appropriate uniform
*Look at the activity I would be carrying out, whether its assisting to roll, stand, walk,   turn or transfer, how far I need them to go, and how long it will take   to perform the task.
*My environment, if it has any potential hazards. Look to see if there are any obstructions or furniture that may...