Working at Heights Legislation
General inspection requirements
Equipment for work at heights requires regular inspection to ensure that it is safe for use. Formal inspection, as required by this regulation, should not be a substitute for any daily pre-use checks or routine maintenance. The nature and extent of any inspection should be determined by a competent person.
The purpose of an inspection is to identify whether the equipment can be maintained and used safely and that any deterioration is detected and remedied before it results in unacceptable risks. An inspection can vary from a simple visual check to a detailed comprehensive inspection, which may include some dismantling/testing.
The frequency of inspections should be determined by a competent person taking account of such factors as the type of equipment, how and where it is used, it's likelihood to deteriorate, etc. For example if equipment is to be used in harsh outdoor conditions it may need more regular inspections than similar equipment used indoors. Periods between inspections should be reviewed in the light of experience.
Regulation 12(6) It is necessary to record inspections, which relate to the site safety or to the work equipment so that in the event of an accident they can provide useful information. Legally they must be made available to a health and safety inspector and that is why they have to be stored in a way which is accessible and is protected from being tampered with for three months after the work has been finished. Records may be kept electronically if they are secured and capable of being printed.
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