Safe Patient Handling

In this lesson, you will get an introduction to the course subject and learn about the legal requirements for safe manual handling in Ireland. After completing this module, you will be able to explain the meaning of “Manual Handling” and “Patient Handling”. it will explain the legal requirement of “Manual Handling” and “Patient Handling”. List Employee and Employer duties regarding Health and Safety and how Patient Handling should be dealt with during pregnancy.

Course Content

Module 1- Manual Handling

  • Definition of Manual Handling
  • Manual Handling- Patient Handling
  • The difference between loads and patients
  • Health and Safety Legislation
  • Manual Handling and pregnancy
  • Back Injury in the workplace
  • Notification of workplace accidents


Module 2- The Back

  • Proper functioning of the back
  • Impact of weight on the mechanics of the back
  • Injuries of the back
  • Personal fitness and risk of injury


Module 3- Risk Assessment

  • The Company Safety Statement
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Control
  • The TILE system of Risk Assessment
  • Specific Manual Handling Risks
  • Patient Handling Risks
  • Hierarchy of risk controls.


Module 4- Principles of Safe Handling

  • Patient Mobility
  • Preparing to Move and Handle People
  • Avoid Injury: Stop unsafe Practices
  • Safe Practices: Sitting and Standing
  • Safe Practices: Moving People in Bed
  • Safe Practices: Lateral Transfers
  • Safe Handling: Walking Patients
  • Bariatric (Overweight) Patients
  • Effective Communication


Module 5- Mechanical Aids

  • Making Patient Handling Safe
  • Assessing the Risk of Injury
  • The TILE system of Risk Assessment
  • Eliminate the risk of injury
  • Patient Beds
  • Slide sheets
  • Hoists and Lifters
  • Transfer boards
  • Turntables and turning platforms


This course contains an online certification exam at the very end. On successfully passing the final certification exam you will be issued with a certificate.

Cost: €55


The course can be taken at any time and any place so all that is required is an internet connection and a computer. Completing the course will use approximately 15MB of data which is roughly the same as watching a 5-minute YouTube video. You can complete the course on any pc, laptop or tablet device.

Other Information

You do not have to complete the online course in one sitting, and you can also break it into small chunks if you wish. Should you have to leave the course unexpectedly, it will remember where you were the last time you left it. This course will take about 60-90 minutes to complete.



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