The post below contains important information about the Oxford Dipper pool hoist, which now has a mandatory lifespan of 7 years imposed on it. We recognise that this is an unexpected and onerous cost for many of our clients, and are offering a part exchange on your old Dipper, when you purchase a new one.
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This post provides important updated advice concerning to the service life of the Oxford Dipper pool-side lift.
Please ensure you read and understand the following information and preventative action in a concerted effort to minimise the possible risk of injury to both patients and carers alike.
As a result of extensive confidence and product endurance testing along with associated market feedback, Joerns Healthcare has revised its Expected Service Life statement for the Oxford Dipper pool-side lift. The revised statement reads as follows:
The Oxford Dipper lift is designed and tested for a minimum service life of five (5) years, subject to the use, maintenance and cleaning procedures stated in this manual.
Due to the hostile environments this product operates in, the maximum service life is set at seven (7) years. Use beyond this period may compromise both client and carer safety.
In order to ensure your Oxford Dipper remains in a safe and serviceable condition, it is imperative the daily checks, cleaning procedures and six monthly inspections, detailed in this manual are adhered to. This will ensure that any deterioration liable to compromise the safety of users is detected and remedied in good time.
Use other than in accordance with these instructions may compromise service life. ____________________________________________________________
Joerns Healthcare advises all authorised Oxford distributors to identify and contact facilities that have historically been supplied an Oxford Dipper pool-side hoist to advise them of the revised service life statement and related manufacturer guidance.
Joerns Healthcare instructs that at the next scheduled six (6) monthly LOLER inspection, any units identified to be over the seven (7) year threshold should be decommissioned and replaced to ensure the on-going safety of users.
Onset of issues can occur rapidly in units older than seven (7) years and may not be externally visible. Joerns Healthcare strongly recommends load testing for the Oxford Dipper is carried out at each and every six (6) monthly LOLER inspection due to the hostile environment in which it resides and operates. The humid and corrosive nature of pool-side locations can lead to product deficiencies that may otherwise remain undetected.
Please be aware that the socket (A, B or C) in which the Dipper mast is located will not require replacement, thus there is no structural installation work necessary during renewal.
Replacement parts for affected products are as follows:
Inform relevant staff of this safety-critical update and contact existing facilities to ensure any Oxford Dipper units older than seven (7) years are taken out of serviced and replaced.