Hoists and slings

Hoists and slings.

In my research for upto date information on hoists and slings, I came across a huge amount of information available and none more so important  than from HSE.

Employers and employees would be wise in bookmarking this site which covers all you need to know regarding health and safety.

There can be much indecision at times as to whether it is ok to use a hoist on your own or whether there should be two carers. This all falls into the risk assessment process and a decision made prior to visit.

The employer responsible for delivering the care must ensure that a suitable and sufficient risk assessment has been undertaken…HSE.

 

Things to consider when doing a risk assessment:

  • the individual being assisted and their needs;
  • the environment;
  • the specific hoisting transfers;
  • the equipment provided;
  • how the sling is to be applied; and
  • the individuals who are carrying out the moving and handling tasks….HSE

Over the years I had always assumed that two carers were needed. One to operate the hoist and the other to stabilise and reassure the person who is being moved.

The number of carers required for hoisting can vary depending on the needs of the individual service user and the specific hoisting transfers required.  Some individuals can safely use a hoist in their own home without assistance; others may need assistance from a number of carers. – HSE.

 

But of course, it is not just about the hoist it is also the safe fitting and removal of the sling.

This will vary with each person and will vary with each sling.

Which sling to use?

Will it be lifting from eg. bed to chair / to a commode / to shower or bathe etc.

The position of the sling?

It’s not easy. Even the best of us will have a day where it just isn’t positioning in the right place!

 

 

 

CHECKLIST BEFORE THE TASK

 

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CHECKLIST DURING THE TASK

 

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CHECKLIST AFTER THE TASK

 

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RESOURCES:

 

THE HEALTH & SAFETY EXECUTIVE. 

~‘Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence’.

LOLER- (LIFTING OPERATIONS AND LIFTINGREGULATIONS)

~‘Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence’.

GETTING TO GRIPS WITH HOISTING

A pdf link for the information sheet provided by HSE.

 

 

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