What is Moving and Handling Training?

As part of health and safety at work requirements, employers are expected to provide training on crucial health and safety risks. This has been supplemented with additional guidance covering the specific moving and handling activity.

This blog will discuss moving and handling training, who needs to be trained for moving and handling, and how often should they undergo training.

What is moving and handling training?

Moving and handling is a crucial part of the working day for employees in most sectors, from moving equipment, laundry, catering, supplies or waste to assisting service users in moving.

Health and social care settings can pose significant moving and handling challenges and risks. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders, including manual handling injuries, are the UK's most common type of occupational ill-health. It is essential for health and social care workers to learn the correct ways of supporting people with moving and handling.

Is moving and handling training a legal requirement?

Under the Manual Handling Regulations, employers are legally obliged to ensure all employees are trained and competent in manual handling. These are the current legal or relevant expert guidance regarding moving and handling training:

  • Legislation
  • Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (MHOR) 1992 HSE (2016) - Guidance on Regulations L23 4th edition (2016)
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulation (LOLER 1998) Approved Code of Practice L113 2014 (amended 2018)
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, 1999 (amendments in 2006)
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), 1998 - HSE (2018), Safe Use of Work Equipment (PUWER 1998). Approved Code of Practice L22 4th edition (2014 amended 2018)
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), 2013
  • The Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002
  • Key Guidance
  • National Back Exchange Standards in Manual Handling (2010)
  • Key Organisations
  • National Back Exchange
  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Who needs moving and handling training?

A moving and handling training is divided into levels 1 and 2. Level 1 is for all staff, including unpaid and voluntary staff, whilst level 2 is for those staff groups, including unpaid and voluntary staff, whose role involves patient handling activities. Moving and handling training course should be completed by those who work in health and social care services, including:

  • NHS medical, nursing, AHP and care staff
  • Locum doctors and nurses
  • Locum allied health professionals (AHPs)
  • Agency nurses
  • Agency workers
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Support workers
  • Care assistants
  • Community services.

How often should you do moving and handling training?

At a minimum, all health and social care staff should receive thorough training in moving and handling when they first join an organisation, followed by annual refresher training.

  • For Moving and Handling Training Level 1 - Following initial training, they do not need to be repeated on induction to a specific role unless there are changes (to national legislation or local risk assessment). Practical training appropriate to the role should occur every three years and/or when anything changes and at any other time according to the local risk assessment.
  • For Moving and Handling Training Level 2 - Refresher training should occur every two years and/or at other times according to local risk assessment. According to local risk assessment, context-specific learning outcomes should be delivered on induction to a specific role and repeated every two years and/or at different times.

Refresher training will be indicated for staff if there is a change in national legislation, where local risk management assessment identifies new risks, or if there is a change in working practices and procedures and where skills need updating.

What does moving and handling training include?

Moving and handling training Level 1 should include the following:

  • Moving and handling risk factors
  • Employers and employees’ responsibilities under relevant national Health & Safety legislation
  • Principles of safer moving & handling
  • Principles of using an ergonomic approach for moving and handling activities to support musculoskeletal health
  • Factors to consider when undertaking a dynamic risk assessment before carrying out a moving and handling activity
  • Risk control strategies and resources to facilitate good practice following an appropriate risk assessment.

In addition to the Level 1 learning outcomes, Level 2 will require staff involved in patient handling activities to meet the following in Level 2:

  • Demonstrate safe, dignified approaches for moving and handling activities that promote patient independence and functional mobility.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of standard human movement patterns when moving and handling people.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of person-centred risk assessment to determine safer patient handling techniques, using the multidisciplinary team where appropriate.

Where can I find online training courses for moving and handling?

The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited moving and handling online training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.

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