Introduction to harness safety

Description

This course provides an overview of the issues and safety considerations around the use of postural harnesses in wheelchairs and seating systems. It outlines the main risks associated with the use of these harnesses and key strategies to minimise these risks. The course has been developed with the assistance of Scope Victoria Harness Safety Working Group and Yooralla.

Topics covered

  • Harness safety
  • Harness prescription
  • Instructing carers in the safe use of harnesses.

Learning objectives

On completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of harness safety
  • Explain the importance of expert prescription for seating systems and postural supports
  • Identify how to safely apply, remove and maintain a postural harness
  • Educate and train relevant team members including family members, carers and teachers.

Business outcomes

Organisations implementing this course will:

  • Increase awareness of the safety risks associated with postural harnesses
  • Reduce the number of safety incidents associated with postural harnesses
  • Improve the quality of training provided to carers
  • Have access to cost-effective safety training for all employees and carers
  • Achieve the highest standards of safety in the workplace

Target audience

This course is designed to be delivered organisation-wide. It is aimed at anyone working with people who wear harnesses in their wheelchairs and seating systems, including physical therapists and other professionals who prescribe seating systems. It is also designed for staff to train family members and carers.

Duration

Approximately one hour.

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