Equipment Examination and Testing

Rope access and fall arrest eye bolt needs to be installed to a point of safety, like inside a window, and must be always loaded correctly to a shear value. A Periodic examinations is required every 12 months for fall arrest and 6 months for eyebolts used for rope access. On the completion of an eyebolt test our clients are issued with a full eyebolt certification package, safe in the knowledge that all eye bolts are safe to use and all current HSE legislation is up to date. Incorrect installation of Fall Arrest anchors and eye bolts testing including single point anchors can prove fatal. Axial Load Test should be carried out in accordance with BS 7883:2005 – Application and Use of Anchor Devices Conforming to BS EN 795 and Appendix A of BS EN 795:1997 – Protection Against Falls From A Height – Anchor Devices – Requirements and Testing. Installation MUST include the testing procedures detailed in the above two standards and only be carried out by someone who is competent to do so. The examination of eyebolts means the removal of the bolt for inspection to check that there is no corrosion, or defects All examinations will be carried out so as to meet the requirement of BS 7883; 2005, and BS EN 795 Any Anchor devices that do not satisfied these requirements set out by law should be withdrawn from service by the use of a suitable warning tag. In the case of Anchor Devices installed into brickwork, concrete and masonry a 6kN axial load test of 15 seconds must be performed to ensure the integrity of the fixing. They can be installed in a variety of substrates including concrete, brick and block work, cavity walls and structural steelwork. A warning disc is required to comply with EN 795. Each disc must state whether usage is for Fall Arrest, Fall Restraint, Abseiling, Rope Access or Work Positioning i.e. window cleaning. All installations will be conducted to the highest standards of quality.Our professionally trained team are able to carry out testing at a convenient time to suit your needs. Testing and installation can be done out of hours or weekends.

Frequency of thorough examinations for lifting equipment used to lift people
People can be at greater risk of harm when they are lifted by machinery (eg operators of mobile elevated work platforms may collide with overhead structures and mobile access equipment may be at higher risk of overturning, potentially resulting in serious or fatal injuries). The increased risks for lifting equipment require greater levels of safety in their:

design and manufacture
use and maintenance
inspection and thorough examination
Where people are being lifted – whether the lifting equipment is designed to lift them or not – the equipment must be thoroughly examined at six-monthly intervals, or in accordance with the examination scheme. Other pre-use checks and inspections may also need to be undertaken to ensure safety.

What is covered by a thorough examination?
This depends on the professional judgement of the competent person undertaking the examination, but needs to include all matters which affect the safety of the lifting equipment, including likely deterioration with time. For most common lifting equipment and accessories, there are industry standard procedures and criteria which a competent person would follow when undertaking thorough examinations and making judgements as to the continued safety of the equipment. Methods used include:

visual examination and functional checks
measurements of wear
(in some cases) traditional NDT (non-destructive testing) and load testing
Some disassembly or internal examination of parts may also be required. Where an examination scheme has been drawn up, this should identify and specify:

the parts to be thoroughly examined
the methods of examination and testing
the intervals for examination (and testing of the different parts, where appropriate)
The scheme should also include details of any other inspection regimes for the equipment. Examination schemes may be drawn up by any person with the necessary competence. This does not need to be the same competent person who conducts the thorough examination in accordance with the scheme. Although examination schemes do not need to be preserved in the form of a document, it should be possible to produce a written copy when required (eg on request by the relevant enforcing authority). These should be secured from loss or unauthorised modification.