Ensuring Compliance: The Importance of Fall Protection Testing and Re-Certification

Maintaining the safety of workers at height is a critical responsibility for employers and facility managers. Fall protection systems are vital in preventing accidents and ensuring a safe working environment. However, these systems must be regularly inspected and recertified to remain effective and compliant with regulations. At APS Safety Systems, we offer comprehensive fall protection testing and re-certification services to help you meet these requirements.

The Necessity of Regular Inspections

Fall protection equipment must be inspected and re-certified annually under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2007 Part 4: Work at Height. This legislation mandates that all forms of fall protection and safe access systems be certified at least once a year by a qualified individual. Regular inspections help detect any deterioration or damage to the equipment, ensuring that it can continue to be used safely. If an accident occurs at height and the equipment is found to be faulty or uncertified, the employer or those in control of the work (such as building owners or facility managers) may be held responsible.

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Inspection Regimes

Different types of fall protection equipment require specific inspection schedules to maintain their safety and compliance:

  • Rooftop Guardrail: Annually
  • Mansafe Safety Lifeline Systems: Annually
  • Working Platforms & Step Over Platforms: Annually
  • Suspended Access Equipment: Annually (Load testing)
  • Abseiling and Anchor Equipment: Every 6 months
  • Personal Prevention Equipment (PPE): Every 6 months (Inspected & recertified)
  • Building Maintenance Units (BMUs): Every 6 months (Visual inspection)

Compliance with Legislation

In Scotland, fall protection equipment must be inspected and re-certified to comply with the Work at Height Regulations. These regulations apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall that could cause personal injury, placing duties on both employers and the self-employed. Regulation 119 outlines the requirements for the inspection of work equipment exposed to conditions that could cause deterioration and result in danger. Inspections must be conducted at regular intervals and whenever exceptional circumstances occur that could jeopardise the equipment’s safety.

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Our Services

APS Safety Systems provides a comprehensive range of inspection, testing, and re-certification services for safety systems throughout Scotland. Our qualified engineers are dedicated to ensuring that your fall protection systems are fully compliant and safe to use. Our services include:

  • Routine Inspection & Certification: Ensuring all equipment is inspected and certified as per the required schedule.
  • Testing and Accreditation: Conducting tests to ensure equipment meets the necessary standards and providing accreditation.
  • Upkeep and Maintenance: Regular maintenance to keep equipment in optimal condition.
  • Annual Recertification Provision: Providing annual recertification for all types of fall arrest systems.
  • Enhancements & Upgrades: Offering upgrades and enhancements to existing systems to ensure continued compliance and safety.

Specific Services Offered

Our inspection and recertification services cover a wide range of fall protection systems and equipment, including:

  • Recertification of all types of fall arrest systems, including roof cables
  • Inspection and certification of safe access equipment, including step-overs, platforms, and walkways
  • Recertification of collective protection systems such as rooftop guardrails
  • Testing and recertification of eyebolts and portable anchors
  • Maintenance and recertification of suspended access equipment
  • Maintenance and certification of lifting and handling equipment
  • Pull tests on abseiling tracks
  • Testing of lightning protection equipment
  • BMU electrical inspections

Why Choose APS?

Our Facilities Services department is dedicated to the recertification and maintenance of all safety at height systems and is one of the finest in Scotland. All inspections and repairs are carried out by our qualified and competent engineers, who will ensure that the system is recertified, fit for purpose, fully compliant, and safe to use. We pride ourselves on our thorough and professional approach, ensuring peace of mind for our clients.

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Contact Us

If you need assistance with fall protection testing and re-certification, our team at APS Safety Systems is ready to help. Schedule your inspection today HERE to ensure your safety systems remain compliant and effective. For more information or to book an inspection, get in touch with us.

Fall Protection Testing and Re-Certification FAQs

1. Why is fall protection testing and re-certification important?

Fall protection testing and re-certification are essential to ensure that all fall protection systems and equipment remain effective and compliant with safety regulations. Regular inspections help identify any wear and tear or damage, ensuring the equipment can be used safely. This process is crucial for maintaining the safety of workers and meeting legal requirements under the Work at Height Regulations and other relevant standards.

2. How often should fall protection systems be inspected?

The frequency of fall protection testing depends on the type of equipment. Generally, rooftop guardrails, safety lifeline systems, working platforms, and suspended access equipment should be inspected annually. Abseiling and anchor equipment, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE), require inspections every six months. Regular inspections ensure compliance with safety regulations and help prevent accidents.

3. What does a fall protection inspection include?

A fall protection inspection involves a thorough check of all fall protection equipment and systems. This includes examining anchor devices, safety line systems, fall arrest systems, and personal fall protection equipment for any signs of damage or wear. Inspections also verify that the equipment conforms to relevant standards such as BS EN and is installed correctly. A detailed report is provided after the inspection, outlining any issues and recommendations for maintenance or repairs.

4. Who is qualified to perform fall protection inspections?

A competent person, trained and experienced in fall protection systems, should perform fall protection testing and inspections. This individual must understand the equipment’s design, installation, and maintenance requirements. They should also be familiar with safety regulations and standards to ensure thorough and accurate inspections. APS Safety Systems employs qualified engineers to carry out these inspections, ensuring compliance and safety.

5. What happens if fall protection equipment fails an inspection?

If fall protection equipment fails an inspection, it must be taken out of service immediately and repaired or replaced. The inspection report will detail the issues found and recommend corrective actions. Regular maintenance and prompt attention to any identified problems are essential to keep the equipment in safe working condition and compliant with safety regulations.

6. How can I schedule a fall protection inspection and re-certification?

To schedule a fall protection inspection and re-certification, you can contact APS Safety Systems directly. Our team of experts is ready to assist you with routine inspections, testing, and certification of all types of fall protection systems. Ensuring your equipment is regularly tested and maintained is crucial for the safety of your workers and compliance with legal requirements.

By addressing these common questions, this FAQ section provides valuable information about the importance and process of fall protection testing and re-certification. This helps ensure your safety systems remain compliant and effective in protecting your workers.