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Whilst all care is taken to provide accurate information with respect to the item described, the Independent Living Centre (ILC) is not involved in product design or manufacture, and therefore not in a position to guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. Selection of equipment, which is both suitable and appropriate for individual needs remains the responsibility of the person(s) considering requisition, and no responsibility is taken by the ILC for any loss or injury caused through use of the equipment or alleged to have arisen through reliance upon information provided. As information is subject to change any enquiries should be directed to the manufacturer.

Item Details

Bodypoint Standard Shoulder Harness

ILC Reference NO 43:69:009
Item sourced from ILC VIC database

Standard Shoulder Harness

Factors to Consider
When the sternum strap is used, care should be taken that a lap belt is used which will prevent the occupant sliding forward. If the occupant slides well forward, the strap may get caught on their throat and be a choking hazard.
The top of the shoulder harness should be level with the shoulders to give a suitable angle of pull. This may require a different backrest.
If used and positioned correctly, this product can help prevent a wheelchair occupant from leaning forward while seated. A solid backed backrest should be used with this product to give a firm support. Slung upholstery may have too much give and cause the back to be unsupported.
The pads are tapered at the neck region to try and prevent rubbing.
Padding can reduce pressure issues for some wheelchair occupants.
An option is available to give dynamic movement through the shoulders using elastic sections. This may be useful for those who need extra movement such as rocking or reaching forward.
It may be helpful to refer to Australian Standards AS/NZS 4370: 1996 Restraint of children with disabilities in motor vehicles to assist in deciding the safest way to transport a child with a disability.
This item is designed to provide additional support for the user while sitting in a vehicle. It is required to be used in conjunction with the existing vehicle seatbelt. If this item impedes the vehicle seatbelt in any way, a letter from a doctor may be required to outline the need for this modification to the car seat restraint. For more information, contact Vic Roads on 13 11 71.

Short Description
Two separate black, padded, adjustable webbing straps, designed to sit over the shoulders and support the occupant of a wheelchair from the front of their body. The pads are wide and contoured, and can be joined by an elastic strap. They anchor to the frame of a wheelchair or solid backed backrest using clamps, brackets or screws. Buckles are used for fitting and removing the occupant. Tightening and loosening the straps can be done from different directions of pull. A range of childrens and adults sizes, and accessories are available.

Price Guide
Refer to supplier details for pricing.

More Details
Rear pull where the direction of pull when tightening the harness is done from behind the shoulder. This pulls the shoulders back.
Front pull where the direction of pull when tightening the harness is down and in front of the shoulder.

Sizes are small, medium, large and extra large.

Seatbelt style webbing straps.
Closed cell foam covered in black fabric which is wide and contoured.
Plastic side squeeze buckles.
Elastic sternum strap with plastic side squeeze buckle.

The length of the straps can be altered at each attachment point.
Near the buckles, the tension can be quickly altered by pulling to tighten, or moving the buckle to loosen.

The four attachment points can be done using screw to fix, clamps or brackets.

Dynamic Strap Kits have elastic to allow an occupant to lean forward approximately 90mm.
Various mounting options such as frame saver clamps.
Slip on pads for extra comfort.

Refer to the supplier and manufacturer manual for maintenance instructions and safety warnings.

Some assistive technology needs to meet Australian or other standards. Standards may relate to materials, manufacturing and installation. Products that meet Australian or international standards will have written certification. To find out if a product meets Australian Standards ask the supplier to show you the certificate. For more information on what standards the equipment may need to meet, see

Place Of Manufacture
Bodypoint (USA)

Supplier Information - click to supplier for contacts details

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