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Control measure

Use bariatric management equipment

Control measure knowledge

Bariatric management or lifting equipment may reduce hazards, and it is important to understand what equipment is available from the fire and rescue service and emergency medical service. Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the situation should be worn.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Make arrangements for the mobilisation of bariatric management equipment; for some organisations this may not be readily available out of normal office hours

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider requesting hazardous area response teams (HART), Special Operations Response Team (SORT) or equivalent for bariatric rescue bariatric rescue

  • Consider requesting specialist fire and rescue service technical rescue teams for bariatric rescues
  • Request the attendance of specialist bariatric medical support teams and ambulances
  • Plan for the distance and the environment when transporting bariatric casualties