Moving and Assisting Awareness

Unit Title: Moving and Assisting Awareness

Provisional Level: 2

Guided Learning Hours: 2

Purpose and Aim:

To equip care workers with the skills and knowledge of the Principles of Moving and Assisting will enable students to understand the key health and safety issues that can arise from unsafe manual lifting and assisting, this includes a thorough examination of controversial techniques.

 The most common cause of ‘accidental’ injury at work is poor manual handling. One in three accidents are as a direct result of poor manual handling. Every year 300,000 people are forced to endure the agony of back pain as a result of a manual-assisting incident.

This course will look at the principles that should be adopted in order to ensure safe manual assisting and lifting. The course will focus on the key areas of:

  1. Key Legislation
    • Manual Handling Operations (MHO) Regulations (1992)
    • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA)
    • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR)
    • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
  2. Hazards relating to moving and assisting:
  3. Functions of the spine and related injury:
  4. Safe moving and assisting techniques:
  5. Risk assessment relating to moving and assisting:
  6. Guidelines for safe manual lifting and assisting:
  7. Lifting equipment:


This unit is assessed through written and oral questions, and practical demonstration.