When do you need a LOLER Inspection?
In addition to the statutory six-monthly checks, there are some extra inspection and reporting duties that we take care of:
On completion of installation and before first use, Medaco will produce a LOLER compliant installation and condition report
When we schedule and carry out obligatory LOLER inspections at 6 monthly intervals
After we carry out major repair works, Medaco will issue a new LOLER inspection certificate free of charge
If Medaco relocates and reinstalls your equipment, we will issue a new LOLER inspection certificate free of charge.
If you’re out of compliance and in need of a LOLER Inspection. Contact our team today to see if we can help: 033 33 22 33 44
LOLER Inspections for Patient Slings
Patient slings for hoists use a labeling system so that a caregiver can visually assess the safety and suitability of a sling before use. The sling label will contain a serial number for the sling, a weight capacity, and the washing instructions. There must be a service tag on the sling which provides the date of the most recent LOLER inspection and when the next one is due.
During a LOLER sling inspection, our engineers assess the safety and condition of a sling by checking for ripped material and loose stitching. They will also check the label. If the details are faded to the point where they cannot be seen, the sling will fail, be condemned, and should be replaced. This is because the LOLER regulations state the Safe Working Load and Serial number must be present. If you cannot see these details, then the safety of the sling is compromised and so must be condemned. This is also true for the washing instructions on the sling. If these can’t be seen then they may be washed at a higher temperature than suitable which damages the material and integrity of the sling.
Check out the video on 5 quick and easy sling checks before use: https://www.medaco.co.uk/knowledge/videos/
PUWER and LOLER Inspections – The Difference
There are some key differences between PUWER and LOLER regulations that sometimes give rise to confusion. LOLER applies to equipment that has a primary function of lifting, this includes:
- Ceiling hoists
- Mobile patient hoists
- Standing aids
- Bath hoists and lifts
- Pool Hoists
- Hoist Scales
There is other equipment in the workplace that comes under The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). Items such as height-adjustable profiling beds and chairs that are not specifically for lifting will come under PUWER.
Partnering with Medaco for your LOLER and PUWER Inspection Requirements
Whether you need a full service, maintenance, and inspection contract, or simply need the reassurance that the condition of your equipment is being monitored by a specialist, Medaco can provide you with a cost-effective solution tailored to the needs of your establishment as well as meet your statutory obligations. Why not get in touch to see what we can do for you?
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