Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (1998)(LOLER) pre inspection check for hoisting

 

A visual pre inspection check should always be carried out before using a hoist. Any failure MUST be reported and appropriate action taken. Report defects to facilities ext. 3500.

 

  • Only use the equipment if trained and competent in its use.
  • Check Safe Working Load (SWL) of the hoist is appropriate for the patient
  • Check date of last inspection. The regulation states that hoists must be LOLER checked every six months. If the date has expired, do not use the hoist.
  • The battery must have sufficient charge, Is there an indicator?, is there a spare on charge, has the hoist been plugged in to charge.
  • The handset must work.
  • Check all wheels moving freely.
  • Check that the brakes work.
  • Electrical safety, ensure there are no bare wires, or damage to sockets.
  • Make yourself aware of the emergency stop or emergency lowering/raising mechanism.
  • Ensure legs of a mobile hoist fit under or around the bed, chair, bath.
  • Check the hoist is clean and fit for use.

 

Slings

 

A visual pre inspection check should always be carried out before using a sling. Any failure MUST be reported and appropriate action taken.

 

  • Ensure sling is the correct size for the patient.
  • The sling must be clean chlorine bleaching destroys stitching many cannot be tumble dried domestic washing machines are ONLY suitable where one person uses the sling in a domestic setting.
  • The stitching must be checked before each use, ensure the stitching is intact no rips or tears loops securely attached
  • Clips are free from cracks and visible wear, ensure an audible click when
    connecting to hoist.
  • Position sling in accordance with manufactures instructions.
  • Ensure the label is legible and the sling has been regularly LOLER checked with the hoist.
  • Disposable slings should be checked carefully. If they become wet or soiled, they MUST be disposed of. Disposable slings cannotbe washed.