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Manual Handling in the Workplace for Healthcare Personnel – A Summary of Relevant Legislation and Guidance This article summarises key aspects of legislation and guidance relevant to manual handling in the workplace for healthcare personnel. Introduction As with all other work based activities, manual handling should be considered in respect of its health and safety implications for employees and other users of the work environment. In the United Kingdom, manual handling in the workplace is subject to legislation, the implementation of which is addressed through a number of Government bodies. In addition, guidance for healthcare practitioners is available from various professional bodies. Legislation There are five key areas of…show more content…
Such equipment must be maintained in good repair, initially and regularly inspected and records of inspections kept. Employers shall: ! ! ensure that work equipment is used for operations for which, and under conditions for which it is suitable ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair Lifting Operation and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998 These apply to the use of lifting equipment in all sectors of industry and in all work activities. Lifting equipment for lifting clients must: ! prevent a person using it being crushed, trapped or stuck or falling from the carrier…. and has suitable devices to prevent the risk of the carrier falling ! be such that a person in any carrier is not thereby exposed to danger and can be freed ! fit for purpose ! be clearly marked with its safe working load and all accessories marked in such a way as to identify the characteristics for their safe use Employers shall: ! ensure that lifting equipment is positioned or installed in such a way as to reduce to as low as is reasonably practicable the risk of the equipment or the load striking a person or from the load, drifting, falling freely or being released unintentionally and is otherwise safe ! ensure that every lifting operation involving equipment is properly planned by a competent person and

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