Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Wheelchair maintenance checklist

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

It is important that wheelchairs should be checked regularly and serviced by an approved repairer.

Each school/section should also carry out regular maintenance checks to keep their wheelchairs in safe working order.

Weekly checks

Tyres

  • The pressure in the tyres should be checked weekly. Use a tyre pressure gauge and pump up to the correct pressure marked on the tyre side.
  • Check for punctures or weak/cracked tread.

Monthly checks

Wheels

  • Check they are free-spinning. If there is any wobbling the wheel requires repair.

Spokes

  • Check for loose or broken spokes.

Hand rims

  • Check for rough or sharp edges.

Brakes

  • Ensure brakes are tight and functioning correctly.
  • Check that the brakes and tyres are making contact. An incorrectly inflated tyre will diminish the effectiveness of the braking mechanism. If necessary, pump tyres to correct pressure.
  • Ensure braking mechanism moves freely. If lubrication is required use silicon spray not oil or grease.

Footrests

  • Check that all pivot parts move freely. If lubrication is required use silicon spray not oil or grease.

Armrests/legrests

  • Check for sharp edges.

Push handle grips

  • Check that they are secure.

Frame

  • Check for small dents or cracks – these can affect the frame strength.
  • Dirt should be removed with a damp cloth.

Ball bearings

  • Unusual noise or excessive wheel wobble usually indicates that the bearings are weak and need replacing.