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.
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.