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Level 2 Award in Moving People Safely2021-09-21T14:21:58+00:00

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Level 2 Award in Moving People Safely

This qualification will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding required for those working in areas/sectors where the assistance and movement of people is part of their role.

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This qualification will provide learners with the skills, knowledge, and understanding required for those working in areas/sectors where the assistance and movement of people is part of their role.

The objective of the qualification is to prepare learners for employment or to support a role in the workplace.

The qualification is suitable for those starting work, returning to work, or who need specific training in the movement of people safely, as well as being a suitable qualification for safety refresher training. This qualification covers the safe moving and handling principles for both objects/load and the assistance of moving people.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is an introduction to moving and handling activities for those starting work, returning to work, or who need specific training in manual handling, as well as being a suitable qualification for refresher training.

Learners gaining this qualification will understand that moving and handling must be carried out correctly and will recognize its importance in ensuring a safer working environment.

Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites for this qualification, however, it is recommended that learners have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent.

This qualification is approved for delivery to learners aged 16+.

Understand the reasons for safe manual handling

  • Outline the potential injuries and ill health associated with incorrect manual handing
  • Outline employers and employee’s duties relating to manual handling at work
  • Outline the consequences for non-compliance with health and safety requirements at work

Understand how manual handling risk assessments contribute to improving health and safety

  • Explain the terms ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’ in the context of manual handling work
  • Outline the process for carrying out a manual handling risk assessment
  • Describe the principle of the risk control hierarchy when applied to manual handling

Understand the principles, types of equipment and testing requirements associated with manual handling safety

  • Describe safe movement principles associated with manual handling
  • Outline the types of equipment designed to be used for manual handling tasks
  • Outline the requirements for the testing, servicing and examination of manual handling and lifting equipment

Be able to apply safe manual handling principles

Demonstrate efficient and safe manual handling principles when:

  • applying effort to, or moving a load or object manually on their own;
  • using manual handling aids and equipment;
  • undertaking a manual handling task as part of a team.

This qualification is assessed in 2 parts.

Part 1 Can be assessed by either of the following methods:

  • Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) Examination – Learners must answer a series of multiple-choice questions across the breadth of the course syllabus within a 30-minute time frame.
  • Learner Assessment Pack – Learners must provide a short response to questions across the breadth of the course syllabus throughout the duration of the course.

Part 2 Is assessed by Practical Assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is manual handling and why is it important?2021-09-21T19:54:19+00:00

Manual handling tasks must be done correctly to prevent injury to staff. For example, there is a risk of back injury when lifting heavy boxes incorrectly. … It’s important to be properly trained on how best to use them for the health of staff, preventing injuries, and maintaining overall workplace wellbeing.

What are the 4 key areas of manual handling?2021-09-21T19:54:19+00:00

When carrying out a manual handling risk assessment, staff should be considering four main areas: the nature of the task, the capabilities of the individual performing it, the type of load, and the environment the manual handling is taking place in. These four factors can be easily remembered by using the acronym TILE.

What are the 5 common types of manual handling tasks?2021-09-21T19:54:19+00:00

Manual handling covers a wide range of activities including lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, restraining, throwing, and carrying. It includes repetitive tasks such as packing, typing, assembling, cleaning and sorting, using hand tools, operating machinery and equipment, and handling and restraining animals.

What is the first rule of manual handling?2021-09-21T19:54:19+00:00

Carrying or lifting heavy loads, bending and twisting, repetitive motions, and maintaining fixed positions are some of the tasks that may involve. When it comes to workplace risks, the first rule is to look at a way to avoid manual handling.

What is the maximum weight a person should lift at work?2021-09-21T19:54:19+00:00

There are suggested recommendations for manual handling lifting limits which set out guidelines for safe maximum lifting weights for employees. The legal manual handling guidelines suggest that the maximum safe lifting weight for a woman is 16kg, and the maximum safe lifting weight for men is 25kg.

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