Mobile Hoist safety checks prior to each use
Mobile hoists are relied upon for many patients and carers in domestic and acute care settings as a means of patient transfer from one surface to another. There should be a number of safety checks in place that ensure that the Mobile Hoists remain safe for both the patient and their carers.
What checks should be in place?
Firstly it is advised that your hoist has routine maintenance in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations. Think of this as a service for your car. There are items on the hoist which require periodic replacement just like the brakes on your car. On a hoist they would be items such as the batteries, actuators and straps for example.
Another routine check is the LOLER examination, this is the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations. The regulations apply to people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. This includes all businesses and organisations whose employees use lifting equipment, whether owned by them or not. In most cases, lifting equipment is also work equipment so the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) will also apply. The LOLER examination is normally at 6 monthly intervals.
There are checks that should take place before each time the hoist is used, this will usually be the responsibility of the carer. These are largely just visual checks or the hoist, sling and environment.
The Health and Safety Executive have released a fantastic guide with a checklist of the areas to inspect. Click for the HSE Getting to grips with hoisting people.
Services we offer
Green Trousers can provide routine LOLER examinations and maintenance on a wide range of equipment. We can also provide Moving and Handling training and training specifically on the use of hoisting equipment and slings. Please contact us for more information.