Fall Protection Testing and Re-Certification

Making sure your safety systems remain compliant

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Re-Certificaiton Timeline

Examples of what needs to be inspected, and when

System/EquipmentInspection Regime
Rooftop GuardrailAnnually

Mansafe Safety Lifeline systems


Working Platforms & Step Over Platforms

Suspended Access EquipmentAnnually
(Load testing)
Abseiling and Anchor EquipmentEvery 6 months
Personal Prevention Equipment (PPE)Every 6 months
(Inspected & recertified))
Building Maintenance Units (BMUs)Every 6 months
(Visual inspection)

Fall protection equipment must be inspected and re-certified in Scotland by law

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 mansafe systems and other forms of fall protection and safe access 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 (such as building owners or facility managers who may hire others to work) may be responsible, especially if the equipment is faulty and/or uncertified.

Fall Protection Testing and Re-Certification

Rooftop Safety Lifeline Re-Certification 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 Inspections Team provide annual and 6-monthly inspection, testing and re-certification services for safety systems throughout Scotland.  Our qualified engineers re-certify 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 out 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.

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


Fall Protection Testing FAQs

1. Why is fall protection testing essential?

Fall protection testing ensures that your fall protection systems are compliant with safety regulations and standards. Regular testing can prevent equipment failure, which is crucial for the safety of workers at height.

2. How often should fall protection equipment be inspected?

According to safety regulations, most fall protection equipment, including fall arrest systems and personal protective equipment, should be inspected at least annually. However, certain equipment like abseiling anchors and PPE require inspections every six months.

3. Who can perform fall protection inspections?

Only a competent person with appropriate training and certification can perform fall protection inspections. This ensures that the inspection regime meets the required safety standards and regulations.

4. What is involved in a fall protection system inspection?

A fall protection system inspection includes a detailed examination of all components, such as safety line systems, anchor devices, and personal fall protection equipment. The inspection aims to identify any wear, damage, or non-compliance with relevant standards.

5. What changes were made to BS 7883, and how do they affect my equipment?

The 2019 changes to BS 7883 increased the standards for certification. This may affect the compliance of your current systems. It’s important to have your fall protection equipment re-certified to ensure it meets the new requirements.

6. What should be included in a risk assessment for fall protection?

A risk assessment should consider all potential hazards associated with working at height, the type of equipment used, the condition of the equipment, and the specific work environment. It should be conducted by a competent person and reviewed regularly.

7. What types of fall protection systems do APS inspect and re-certify?

APS inspects and re-certifies a wide range of fall protection systems, including rooftop guardrails, mansafe safety lifeline systems, fall arrest systems, and more. We also handle height safety equipment, façade access systems, and lightning protection systems.

8. Why choose APS for your fall protection re-certification?

APS offers comprehensive services, including routine inspections, certification, maintenance, and upgrades of fall protection systems. Our experienced engineers ensure that all equipment is safe, compliant, and fit for purpose, following the latest testing standards.

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