Manual and People Handling Policy

It is the policy of the HSE to reduce, so far as is reasonably practicable, the risks associated with manual handling and people handling activities in line with legislative requirements and best practice. The HSE operates a “Minimal Handling Policy”.

The HSE aims to promote a safe manual handling and people handling culture to reflect current best practice and legislation. The purposes of this policy are to provide guidance to staff and managers:

1.        To reduce, so far as is reasonably practicable, the risks to staff and service users associated with manual handling and people handling activities.

2.        Provide the highest quality of patient care.

3.        To ensure compliance with relevant statutory requirements and standards and guidelines such as those published by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

This policy is applicable across all services within the HSE including but not limited to its hospitals and community settings, and covers all manual handling and people handling activities undertaken by staff during the course of their work. This policy supersedes existing local policies. It applies to all employees of the HSE, including permanent, temporary, full-time, part-time, medical and non-medical staff and students. It also applies to agency workers, contractors or any other persons who carry out manual handling and people handling activities as part of their work for the HSE. To view or download the policy, please click here.