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Module 3: Manual handling of the deceased and infection control


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Summary of Learning Outcomes:


To achieve this unit a candidate must:

LO1: Sensitive and safe removal of the deceased

1.1 Identify the appropriate resources and equipment for removal and transfer of the deceased to the designated premises.

1.2 Describe why it is important to check and confirm the identity of the deceased and record their details and relevant information.

1.3 Identify the health and safety requirements that apply, and any specific precautions to be taken to adhere to relevant codes of practice, regulations and your funeral business' policies and procedures.

1.4 Describe the methods of communication with third party or family member(s) that meet the sensitivity of the situation relating to the removal and transfer of the deceased.

1.5 Identify the business process/procedures for the recording of clothing, jewellery or other property belonging to the deceased. 

1.6 Identify the relevant legislation and documentation relating to removal of  the deceased

1.7 Identify what religious, cultural and other customs may be encountered when attending and transferring the deceased.

1.8 Describe the methods to use to maintain the dignity and respect of the deceased.

1.9 Identify what types of personal protective equipment to use for removal purposes.

1.10 Identify how to ensure safe lifting and handling techniques when effecting the removal of the deceased appropriate to the circumstances.


LO2: Working with infection control

2.1 Outline the life-cycles of bacteria, fungi and viruses that are representative of those commonly encountered in a mortuary.

2.2 List three common examples of protozoa capable of causing disease in humans.

2.3 Explain how protozoa can infect and spread between humans.

2.4 Outline how infestations may develop in a mortuary setting.

2.5 Outline how microorganisms can spread between individuals.

2.6 Describe good mortuary practice to reduce the risk of infection

LO3: Lift, handle, manoeuvre and lower the coffin for cremation and for burial

3.1 Identify the funeral business process of removal of the coffin from the funeral home to the hearse, including and safe transportation, lifting and placement onto the catafalque at the crematorium.

3.2 Describe the relevant processes and legislative requirements for burial of the deceased in a cemetery, churchyard or woodland site.

3.3 Identify the relevant checks and risk assessments that must be completed in the churchyard, cemetery or other burial place in advance of a burial or interment.

3.4 Describe how to measure and assess the length, depth and width of the grave and why this must be checked in advance of the burial or interment.

3.5 Describe how to prepare the graveside and use of equipment, including manual lowering of the coffin.

3.6 Describe the procedural methods to transfer the coffin to the grave or ashes/cremated remains to the designated locations.

3.7 Describe how to ensure the graveside area is kept safe during the burial or internment.

3.8 Describe the purpose of bowing and discreetly retiring following the lowering of the coffin or placing of ashes.

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Manual handling of the deceased

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Further reading

HSE guidance Managing infection risks when handling the deceased  

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