The platform is designed for the stability testing of occupied wheelchairs and buggies in the clinical environment. It has been developed from the static ramp test originally specified by the Department of Health in document L1 10/92 "Recommended Stability Testing of Special Seats for use in Wheelchairs".
By raising the wheelchair in a controlled manner from the horizontal position, the platform reduces the manual handling hazards to operators and the risk of uncontrolled tipping to both client and operators. As part of the risk management process, stability data obtained from the tests should be considered in conjunction with that provided by the wheelchair manufacturer.
Refer to ISO 7176-1 for a definitive description of static stability testing of wheelchairs and buggies using test dummies.
The platform is licensed to ORLAU Publishing who has sub-contracted Consort Engineering to manufacture and sell the product.
For further details contact, in confidence:
Regional Medical Physics Department
Sunderland Royal Hospital