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Annual Inspection & Recertification of Safety Equipment Is Required By Law

For site managers and business owners in the UK, it’s crucial to understand your legal duty regarding safety equipment, including edge protection systems.

According to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Regulation 2007, Part 4: Work at Height, there’s a clear requirement for an annual inspection and recertification of your safety equipment. This includes ensuring that edge protection systems, vital for preventing falls from height, are thoroughly checked and officially certified as safe to use at least once every year. It’s not just a suggestion—it’s a legal obligation aimed at protecting everyone involved in tasks performed at heights.

By staying compliant with this regulation, you’re not just ticking a box; you’re actively prioritising the safety and well-being of your team and any visitors to your site, especially in areas where edge protection is critical. So, as a responsible business owner or site manager, make sure you’re meeting this requirement to keep your workplace safe and secure.

Is recertification your responsibility?

The Work at Height Regulations apply wherever there is a risk of fall which could cause injury to workers. It extends beyond roofs and even to low-level work. It also applies to both employers and the self-employed.

If the Regulations apply to you, then you are legally required to ensure your equipment is inspected at least annually. At Harcon, our expert engineers provide a full range of equipment inspection and recertification services to help you meet your obligations.

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Why safety equipment needs inspection & certification?

No matter the quality of the equipment or system, regular usage will cause deterioration and general wear and tear, which in turn can cause failure and jeopardise users. Inspection and recertification is a crucial part of determining whether equipment is safe to use or not.

If an accident occurs and it is found that your equipment was not properly inspected and recertified when needed, you could find yourself in legal trouble.

Equipment should be fully inspected by a competent third party. Our engineers are fully-trained and highly experienced in inspecting and recertifiying equipment and systems, and can ensure the system is safe to use and provide you with all relevant documentation.

Recertification Timeline

Examples of what needs to be inspected, and when

System/EquipmentInspection Regime

Fall arrest cable system

Annually
BMUs and Suspended access equipmentAnnually
(Load testing)
Abseiling equipmentEvery 6 months
Personal Fall Prevention Equipment (PFPE)Every 6 months
(Inspected & recertified))
Building Maintenance Units (BMUs)Every 6 months
(Visual inspection)

Why Choose Harcon for Recertification and Maintenance?

Our Facilities Services department proudly ranks among the finest in the country, specialising in the recertification and upkeep of all safety systems at height.

Our team comprises qualified engineers who excel at ensuring your systems’ safety and compliance. We understand the importance of maintaining your systems to the highest standards, ensuring they are safe to use and fully compliant with regulations.

From routine maintenance to detailed inspections, our meticulous approach ensures your safety systems not only meet but exceed expectations. With our dedication to excellence, you can trust us to optimise your systems’ performance, providing you with peace of mind and assurance.

Choose our expertise and let us safeguard your operations with precision and professionalism. Contact Us to discuss your project!

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Our Recertification Covers:

  • All types of fall arrest systems including roof cables
  • Safe access equipment including step-overs, platforms and walkways
  • Collective protection systems such as rooftop guardrails
  • Testing and recertification of eyebolts and portable anchors
  • Suspended access equipment
  • Lifting and handling equipment
  • Pull tests on abseiling tracks
  • Testing of lightning protection equipment
  • BMU electrical inspection

 

FAQs on Inspection, Maintenance & Recertification

1. How does annual inspection contribute to the longevity of edge protection systems?

Annual inspections are vital for maintaining edge protection systems in top condition. These inspections identify wear and tear, corrosion, or any adjustments needed to ensure the system’s stability and safety. Regular recertification following these checks ensures the system remains effective and compliant with safety standards, significantly extending its service life.

2. What happens during the recertification of an edge protection system?

During recertification, specialists conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the edge protection system, examining its structural integrity, securement points, and overall effectiveness. This process includes checking for any signs of damage or wear that could compromise safety. Following a successful inspection, the system is certified as safe to use, and all relevant documentation is updated to reflect compliance with current Health and Safety Executive regulations.

3. Is it necessary to maintain records of inspection and recertification?

Yes, maintaining records of all inspections and recertification activities is not only a best practice but often a legal requirement. These records provide a traceable history of the system’s maintenance and compliance, essential for audits, insurance purposes, and ensuring the safety of all personnel relying on the edge protection system.

4. Can edge protection systems on different types of buildings require different inspection approaches?

Absolutely. Edge protection systems installed on various buildings, from those with flat roofs to those involving concrete surfaces, may necessitate tailored inspection approaches. Factors like the building’s height, the system’s design, and environmental exposure influence the inspection and maintenance requirements to ensure comprehensive safety coverage.

5. What are the most common issues found during edge protection system inspections?

Common issues can range from minor wear and tear to more significant problems like loose components, corrosion, or structural damage. Identifying these issues early through regular inspections is crucial for addressing them promptly, preventing system failure, and ensuring ongoing protection for workers and site visitors.

6. How do updated safety regulations impact the inspection and recertification process?

Safety regulations, particularly those from the Health and Safety Executive, are periodically updated to reflect new safety research, technologies, and methodologies. These updates may introduce new inspection criteria or recertification processes. Staying informed and compliant with the latest regulations is essential for ensuring the safety and legal compliance of your edge protection system.

Enhancing Your Edge Protection Through Inspection, Maintenance & Recertification

  1. Understand the Scope: Know that inspection and maintenance cover structural checks, component integrity, and environmental wear assessments.
  2. Compliance is Key: Regular recertification ensures your edge protection system meets current Health and Safety Executive standards.
  3. Record Keeping: Maintain detailed records of all inspections and maintenance activities, which are crucial for compliance and safety verifications.
  4. Customised Inspection Strategies: Tailor your inspection and maintenance plan to the specific type of edge protection system and the building it protects, considering factors like design, usage, and environmental exposure.
  5. Address Issues Promptly: Act quickly on inspection findings to repair or replace damaged parts, maintaining the system’s integrity and effectiveness.
  6. Stay Informed on Regulations: Keep abreast of changes in safety regulations to ensure your edge protection system remains compliant and effective.
  7. Partner with Specialists: Engage with Harcon who have up-to-date training and knowledge of the latest safety standards and best practices.

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