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Fall protection equipment must be recertified in Scotland

Fall Protection equipment has to be annually certified under the Safety, Health and Welfare Act at Work Regulation 2007 Part 4: Work at Height.

The legislation requires that personal fall protection systems be certified at least once a year by a qualified individual. If an accident occurs at height, your employer or those in control of the work may be responsible, especially if the equipment is faulty and/or uncertified (such as building owners or facility managers who may hire others to work).

A recertification and inspection are more than just checking boxes. It may be necessary for your business or organization to comply with some or all of the following standards and regulations by getting certified and training on a regular basis from a qualified company/person based on the equipment installed.

  • Work at Height Regulations 2005

  • Competence – Regulation 5

  • Inspection of Work Equipment– Regulation 12

  • Duties of Persons at Work – Regulation 14

  • Requirements for Personal Fall Protection Systems – Schedule 5

  • BS EN 7883:2005 Code of practice for the design, selection, installation, use and maintenance of anchor devices conforming to BS EN 795

  • BS EN 365: 2004 Personal protective equipment against falls from a height

  • General requirements for instructions for use, maintenance, periodic examination, repair, marking and packaging

  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)

  • Maintenance – Regulation 5

  • Inspection – Regulation 6

  • Information and Instructions – Regulation 8

  • Training – Regulation 9

  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended)

  • Compatibility of personal protective equipment – Regulation 5

  • Maintenance and replacement of personal protective equipment – Regulation 7

  • Information, instruction and training – Regulation 9

  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

Fall Arrest Equipment Safety Lifeline Recertification

Rooftop Safety Lifeline Recertification by APS Safety Systems

Does this apply to you?

The work at height Regulations apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall that could cause personal injury. They place duties on both employers and the self-employed.

Regulation 119 sets down the requirements for the inspection of work at height work equipment

Our Facilities Services Department provides annual and 6-monthly recertification for safety systems throughout Scotland.  Our qualified engineers recertify and provide testing of all types of fall prevention and safe access systems.

In 2019, BIG CHANGES to BS 7883 were made, increasing the standard of certification that could mean your systems are no longer compliant; find more here.

Regulation 119

Work equipment exposed to conditions causing deterioration that is liable to result in danger must be inspected at regular intervals and also where any exceptional circumstances have occurred that are liable to jeopardise its safety. These inspections are important in ensuring that the equipment can continue to be used safely and that any deterioration is detected and remedied before it results in unacceptable risks.

A competent person should determine the nature, frequency and extent of any inspection, taking account of such factors as the type of equipment, how and where it is used and the likelihood of deterioration. Periods between inspections should be chosen on the basis of risk assessment and should be reviewed in the light of experience.

Recertificaiton Timeline

Examples of what needs to be inspected, and when

System/EquipmentInspection Regime

Fall arrest cable system

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)

What makes APS the best choice ?

Our Facilities Services department is dedicated to the recertification and maintenance of all safety at height systems and is one of the finest in the whole of 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 offer

  • Routine Inspection & Certification
  • Testing
  • Accreditation
  • Upkeep
  • Annual Recertification Provision
  • Enhancements & Upgrades

Our service includes

  • 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 such as rooftop guardrail
  • 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 inspection


Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

1. What is height recertification?

Recertification in the height & safety work involves the periodic evaluation and renewal of safety equipment used in elevated work environments to ensure continued compliance with safety standards.

2. Why is recertification important in the Scotland?

Recertification is vital to maintain the integrity and effectiveness of safety equipment, thereby mitigating risks and ensuring the safety of workers and visitors in elevated workspaces, in accordance with Scotland regulations.

3. How often is recertification required for safety equipment in the Scotland?

The frequency of recertification varies depending on the type of equipment and regulatory requirements, but it typically ranges from annually to every few years.

4. Who is responsible for ensuring recertification compliance in Scotland?

Businesses, site managers, and employers hold the primary responsibility for ensuring that safety equipment undergoes timely recertification as mandated by Scotland regulations.

5. What types of safety equipment require recertification in Scotland?

Safety equipment such as harnesses, lanyards, helmets, and fall arrest systems commonly require recertification to ensure they continue to meet safety standards.

6. Can recertification be conducted internally by businesses?

While some basic checks can be carried out internally, recertification typically requires specialized knowledge and testing procedures, often necessitating engagement with certified third-party providers.

7. How can businesses stay informed about recertification requirements in Scotland?

Businesses can stay updated on recertification requirements by regularly consulting relevant regulatory authorities, industry publications, and engaging with professional associations and safety consultants.

8. What are the consequences of non-compliance with recertification requirements in Scotland?

Non-compliance with recertification requirements can lead to regulatory penalties, increased risks of accidents or injuries, and potential legal liabilities for businesses.

9. Are there any upcoming changes or updates to recertification regulations in Scotland?

Stay informed about any changes or updates to recertification regulations by monitoring official announcements from regulatory bodies and industry news sources.

10. What steps should businesses take to prepare for the recertification process Scotland?

Businesses should establish clear procedures for scheduling and conducting recertification assessments, maintain thorough records of equipment inspections and certifications, and allocate resources accordingly to ensure timely compliance.

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