All passengers and patients are owed a duty of care. It is important that members of staff and helpers should receive Passenger Transport Training before taking on the responsibility of transporting wheelchair passengers or patients.
Transport providers, ambulance and PTS should conduct brief but regular risk assessments of all their equipment, whether it be wheelchair lifts, tie-downs or seatbelts.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, organisations have a responsibility to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to all their staff. They also have a responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of everyone affected by the organisation.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 regulate wheelchair lifts. They recommend that equipment used at work should only be operated by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training.
Unwin believes in supporting the customer all the way and that training in the safe and correct installation and use of a product along with regular equipment maintenance is vital.
The company has invested significantly in training, with a modern, superbly equipped, training centre at the headquarters in Martock, Somerset. Here, every single Unwin product is available for hands-on training courses, under the guidance of expert staff.
While the Unwin training centre is the ideal location for most training sessions, when it comes to Unwin Innotrax, the training is taken to the customer. The customer’s engineers are trained in the appropriate method of fitting the Innotrax floor.