BS 8603-2020 Wheelchair transport passport schemes – Code of practice.
4 Operational framework
4.1 General
The provision of training of transport personnel in the use of equipment on a vehicle should form part of the transport operator’s responsibilities.
NOTE I Attention is drawn to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Re,qulations 1998 (PUWER) (JJ.
With particular respect to wheelchair seated passengers, manufacturers of boarding aids such as ramps and passenger lift platforms and wheelchair tie-down and occupant restraint systems should support the use of their products with general blanket training that addresses the vast majority of situations that staff encounter.
NOTE 2 However there are occasions where the specific requirements of an Individual with a disability need additional measures to be applied or employed, in order to maximize occupant safety when in transport This can include physical conditions of disability such as pelvic obliquity, scoliosis or support systems such as a PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy) feeding system, or a ventilator. In such circumstances, there Is a clear need for user-specific instructions in order to maximize safety during vehicle entry and egress as well as when in transport.
NOTE 3 Where the complexity of a wheelchair user’s needs is greater, the more important the delivery of clear information and instruction to drivers and their assistants. It is therefore clear that the application of the scheme would be most benefi cial for passengers with more complex needs,
The passport should be attached to a wheelchair, or held about the wheelchair seated passenger, In a manner clearly visible or accessible to the vehicle operating staff. The system should be designed to hold pertinent details, presented in a clear, safe, reliable and durable format.
NOTE 4 The extent of information supplied depends on the complexity of the individual’s disability.
4.2 Wheelchair passport creation
4.2.1 General
A wheelchair passport system should provide key information to transport providers, drivers and passenger assistants, relating to the provision of safe transport of individual wheelchair seated passengers travelling in road vehicles, presented in a consistent way, so as to be easily accessible.
The need for the generation of an information transfer system or passport for transport should Initially be Identified at an early stage of the equipment prescription or supply process. Medical professionals, the individual user and their parent(s) or care provider should assess the transport needs and plan the nature of access to transport services as part of lifestyle planning.
As part of the personal transport planning process, there should be collaborative engagement of prescribers or suppliers, users, their parents or care providers with transport managers within a transport providing organization, in a transport risk management process.
The information to be relayed by the passport or information transfer system should therefore be determined as a result of a multidiscipline transport risk management process that engages wheelchair users and their care providers, equipment prescribers and suppliers, transport managers, vehicle drivers, passenger assistants and transport commissioners.
The transport manager or nominated representative within the organization of the transport provider should, as part of their responsibilities, engage in the provision of the information transfer system and ensure that adequate additional equipment or operator skills and capabilities are in place for each identified service user, with information gathered from all relevant stakeholders (see 4.4.1).BS 8603 pdf download.