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Safer People Handling by Hoist


Each year Health and Safety Authority statistics record back injuries as accounting for one third of all workplace injures. Unfortunately the pain from an injured back can be eased but can rarely be cured.

The key to safer people handling is not only an awareness of handling techniques and the use of equipment, but also an understanding of how moving and handling is part of health and safety for everyone - carer, patient and client - and how these fit into the wider context of risk management. Hoists play an increasingly important role in the safe moving and handling of people. Coupled with the growing complexity and diversity of hoists, this means that adequate safety training is now more important than ever.

Safer People Handling by Hoist is a practical workshop based course which covers areas such hoist and sling assessment and selection, sling compatibility along with documentation and handling plans.

Those who wish to attend must have successfully completed a recognised People Moving and Handling Training course.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the course is to provide delegates with the practical skills and knowledge required for training and educating others in the theory and practice of hoist use in health and social settings.

On completion of this programme participants will be able to:

  • Explain current legislation and case law impacting on practice relating to the use of the hoist;

  • Describe the range of patient/client lifting equipment available;

  • Explain the importance of a written risk assessment process and the importance of the maintenance of documentation in regarding the justification and clinical reasoning behind the selection and type of hoist and sling;

  • Explain the importance of applying the Principles of Safer Handling when using hoists and slings

  • Explain the importance of safe systems of work

  • Fit hoist slings and use the hoist for a variety of tasks (incorporating all safety checks)

  • Explain how to conduct a hoist and sling assessment

Course Content

  • Overview of current legislation

  • Case law impacting on practice relating to hoist use

  • Ergonomics and Risk Assessment

  • Types of hoist and slings available

  • Hoist and sling assessment and selection

  • Sling compatibility

  • Documentation and handling plans

  • Revision of Safer Moving and Handling Principles

  • Practical workshops incorporating sling fitting and operation of a range of hoists

  • Problem solving


1 day

Programme Includes:

- Comprehensive training guidance manual
- Powerpoint presentation to enable delivery of Hoist Workshop
- Light refreshments

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at those who have the responsibility for imple-menting safe systems of work for people handling, and for those
responsible for providing information and supervising those using hoists.

Access to programme


Those who wish to attend must have successfully completed a recognised People Moving and Handling Training course.

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