Under The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HASAWA) various regulations have been produced that require various pieces of work equipment to be Inspected/Examined. Often understanding these regulations and knowing your legal requirements can be daunting.
At Soteria Engineering Inspection Services we are here to help you remain compliant by ensuring your Statutory Engineering Inspections are up to date, completed professionally and competently whilst also producing your legal reports.
Below is a brief summary of the regulations that relate to Statutory Engineering Inspections:
Regulation 9 of The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) puts in place requirements for all lifting equipment to be subject to ‘thorough examination’ at various points.
Regulation 9(3) requires periodic thorough examination where equipment is subject to deterioration due to use and where the deterioration could lead to a dangerous situation.
The frequency depends on the type of equipment and the purposes for which it is used, e.g. equipment used for lifting people requires more frequent examination.
Regulation 9(4) requires that no lifting equipment leaves a business and/or is used, including when received from a third party, unless there is physical evidence that the required thorough examination has been completed.
Under Regulation 6 of The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) a piece of work equipment that, where the safety of work equipment depends on the installation conditions, is inspected after installation and before being put into service for the first time or after assembly at a new site or in a new location.
Under regulation 6 it also states every employer shall ensure that work equipment exposed to conditions causing deterioration which is liable to result in dangerous situations is inspected at suitable intervals and each time that exceptional circumstances, which are liable to jeopardise the safety of the work equipment have occurred.
Every employer shall ensure that the result of an inspection made under this regulation is recorded and kept until the next inspection.
It must be ensured the person carrying out the inspection is competent to do so.
The equipment requiring inspection under this regulation is dependant on the risk assessment made under Regulation 3 of The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, whether it has identified as a significant risk to the operator or other workers from the installation or use of the work equipment, a suitable inspection should be carried out.
Under Regulation 12 of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) every employer shall ensure that, where the safety of work equipment depends on how it is installed or assembled, it is not used after installation or assembly in any position unless it has been inspected in that position.
It also requires that every employer shall ensure that work equipment exposed to conditions causing deterioration which is liable to result in dangerous situations is inspected at suitable intervals and each time that exceptional circumstances which are liable to jeopardise the safety of the work equipment have occurred,
The equipment that requires inspecting under Regulation 12 includes:
Guard-Rails, Toe-Boards, Barriers, Working platforms, Fall Arrest Equipment, Personal Fall Protection and Ladders.
Under Regulation 8 of The pressure System Safety Regulations (PSSR), before a pressure system is operated the user/owner must ensure that a Written Scheme of Examination (WSE) has been prepared. The Written Scheme of Examination should be drawn up by a competent person, or if drawn up by someone other than a competent person, certified as suitable by a competent person.
Under Regulation 9 of The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR) an examination is required that is in accordance with the Written Scheme of Examination and a report of examination requires producing.
Under Regulation 9,2. of The Control of Substance Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) where engineering controls are provided to meet the requirements of Regulation 7, the employer shall ensure that thorough examination and testing of those controls is carried out.