Moving and Handling People: The New Zealand Guidelines 2012

The revised Guidelines reflect current evidence-informed practice for moving and handling people in New Zealand, consistent with international standards.

There are 14 sections in the Guidelines that cover five general topics relevant to moving and handling programmes:

Each section has been written so it can be read independently of the other sections. For that reason, there is a small amount of overlap in the text between some sections.

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Table of Contents and Acknowledgements

Table of Contents (PDF 782K)

Acknowledgements (PDF 2.2M).

Part A: Introduction (sections 1-2)

Part A: Introduction is intended for all people involved with moving and handling and provides an overview and rationale for moving and handling programmes. It includes the following sections:

Section 1: Introduction (PDF 847K)

Section 2: Why moving and handling programmes are needed (PDF 1.1M).

Part B: Core skills and competencies (sections 3-8)

Part B: Core skills and competencies covers information relating to the development of skills and competencies among carers who move and handle people. The sections in Part B are intended for practitioners such as moving and handling coordinators, trainers, health and safety managers and others involved in developing moving and handling programmes:

Section 3: Risk assessment (PDF 1.1M)

Section 4: Techniques for moving and handling people (PDF 21.3M)

Videos: Techniques for moving and handling people

Please note that the video clip will show you some techniques to use when moving and handling people. These have been designed to be used with other training and should not replace hands-on practice with a qualified trainer.

Section 5: Training for moving and handling people (PDF 1.1M)

Section 6: Organising training (PDF 1.2M).

Part C: Physical Resources (sections 7-9)

Part C: Physical resources is intended for moving and handling coordinators, trainers, health and safety managers, architects and others involved in developing moving and handling programmes. It includes the following sections:

Section 7: Equipment for moving and handling people (PDF 4.5M)

Section 8: Equipment management (PDF 1.1M)

Section 9: Facility design and upgrading (PDF 4.6M).

Part D: Organisational systems for moving and handling (sections 10-13)

Part D: Organisational systems for moving and handling outlines the multiple components needed for moving and handling and will be useful to managers and other decision makers for developing programmes. It includes the following sections:

Section 10: Policy and programme planning (PDF 1.1M)

Section 11: Workplace culture (PDF 1.1M)

Section 12: Monitoring and evaluation (PDF 1.1M)

Section 13: Audits (PDF 1.4M).

Part E: Emerging topics in moving and handling (section 14)

Part E: Emerging topics in moving and handling includes a section on working with bariatric (obese) clients. This area has clearly emerged as a core topic in moving and handling. Subsequent versions of the Guidelines may include additional emerging topics. It includes the following section:

Section 14: Bariatric clients (PDF 1.4M).

Glossary and Index

Glossary (PDF 759K)

Index (PDF 787K).

Last updated: 11 February 2014

Last reviewed: 3 February 2014