Inspection and Re-Certification of Fall Protection Systems.
European & World Wide legislation requires that fall protection equipment must be inspected and certified annually or at intervals no greater than 12 months by a competent person.
Companies are legally required to provide a safe working environment which means that once a fall protection system has been installed it should be regularly maintained and serviced to ensure it is safe to use at all times. If an accident does occur and the equipment is found to be faulty and/or uncertified then you could find yourself accountable.
Inspection and recertification of a fall arrest system is a far more complex activity than simply ticking a box and issuing a certificate which is why it’s essential that you only employ a competent company/person to carry out the recertification of your equipment and systems that are installed on your premises.
Work at height is a specialised area of health & safety so it is important that you ensure you commission a competent company/person to assess the risks appropriately in accordance with the work at height hierarchy.
On completion of a designed fall arrest system or fall protection equipment all components are inspected and certified to ensure that they system has been installed correctly and is safe to use. You should receive from the installing company a certificate and a user manual (commonly known as operation and maintenance manual). This should include user instructions, operating instructions and information referencing important information regarding your access equipment. You must ensure that your equipment has a ‘tag’ that displays important information such as when the recertification date is due and that the system meets the various regulations. Your insurances could become non and void if an accident occurs through use of a damaged system on your property so it is very important that you record the date of when the inspection is due.
Due to the highly technical nature of fall protection systems and the expertise required to design, install and certify, various regulations govern that these inspections should be carried out be a competent and qualified person. We would always recommend that you instruct an installer of the system installed as they will have been trained in the installation of this system and will be able to carry out, and more importantly be authorised to carry out any repair works that may be required.
It is worth noting that the majority of manufacturers will void all warranty of the fall protection system if a ‘non’ approved contractor carries out the annual recertification works.
Fallarrest.com have over 15 years of experience in this field and have access to fall protection installers around the globe that can assist you. Furthermore If during a periodic safety equipment inspection any component of your fall protection system is determined to be damaged then skilled safety engineers are able to perform necessary repairs which contributes to a saving in cost to you.
Fallarrest.com can also provide system training to keep your employees aware of proper use and industry best practices. The combination of these services helps to keep your employees safe and provides your company the up-to-date training and inspection documentation required by the regulations in your country.
If you have a safety system or safety eye bolts that require testing and recertifying please contact fallarrest.com and we can arrange this for you.